The Bulls have started to find their rhythm after a slow start, and Jimmy Butler is a big reason why. Butler is averaging 11 points per game this season–a career high–and he fits in nicely with their system.
Well, the Bulls will have to continue rolling without Butler, according to Marc Stein of ESPN:
Bulls just announced that Jimmy Butler will be listed as week-to-week after suffering sprained right big toe Monday against Charlotte
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 20, 2013
It’s still early, so it’s important for Butler to take his time and make sure it’s right. I know the toe sounds minuscule and unimportant, but it can linger, and slow down your explosiveness. Butler is a good defender who moves side to side often, so the toe is actually a key part in Butler’s repertoire.
The injury occurred during the win over the Bobcats. The Bulls are set to go on a six game road trip, which is why Butler will be out at least six games. This won’t be about rehab, but simply rest and natural healing. We could see Butler return at the beginning of December. Let’s hope Thibs doesn’t run him 48 minutes when he returns.