Dec 13, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) shoots between Milwaukee Bucks forward Ekpe Udoh (5) and forward John Henson (31) during the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Bulls' Jimmy Butler played through pain in first game back


After missing the last 11 games with a turf toe injury, Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls was called back into action Friday night. Butler’s absence was a tough loss for the Bulls, as they only won two of those 11 games.

Butler and he rest of the Bulls were able to propel the team to a victory against the Milwaukee Bucks, 91-90.

However, the night wasn’t so easy for Butler; his toe was stepped on by O.J. Mayo of the Bucks. From ESPN,

“O.J. stepped on my toe,” Butler said. “He stepped on my toe so hard tonight. Oh my gosh. But I felt like I had to stay out there, so I was good.”

Butler was hopeful he will be back on the floor against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night, but he wasn’t sure how the toe will respond.

“It’s been better,” he said. “[Had] better days, but I guess you got to learn to play through your injuries whenever you can. I just got to take care of it, rest it, and be ready for [Saturday].”

While Butler was excited to be back on the court for the team, his teammates were also looking forward to it.

“I think Jimmy Butler was huge for us tonight,” Bulls center Joakim Noah said. “Just having him back, it’s big. Somebody who can slash to the basket like that. It puts so much pressure on the defense when you have guys that attack the basket the way he attacks the basket. It creates a lot of easy opportunities for me and for our bigs on the glass.”

With Butler back on the court, the Bulls will look to keep up their winning ways as the season progresses.

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