Bulls: Jimmy Butler, dealing with heel injury questionable Monday against Kings

/ by Vincent Goodwill
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Jimmy Butler didn’t go through Sunday morning’s practice in Sacramento with a right heel contusion, courtesy of a Russell Westbrook blocked shot Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

In case it wasn’t clear, Butler said, “Yeah. I sat my ass on this bench right here,” when asked about his level of activity for Sunday’s practice—ever in the joking mood.

Butler is listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against the Kings.

“Whenever Russ threw my layup into the…I think it was row 18,” said Butler, pointing to rows up in the Golden 1 Center. “I stepped too hard on the initial step. I already knew something happened.”

Butler missed Friday’s game against the Houston Rockets as a late scratch when he couldn’t go through a pregame workout, and called the pain a “six or seven” in terms of severity.

The MRI he had Saturday essentially confirmed the injury, one he had last season against Golden State in November. He didn’t miss any games with the injury then, but it affected him for a handful of games.

“Contusion, bruise, nothing I can do about it,” Butler said. “It's crazy because that probably is what's best for it. I don't know if we're gonna do that just yet. But it's all about how I feel. I'll wake up and try to do more on it tomorrow and see how it holds up.”

If Butler misses Monday's game, the Bulls will have to go makeshift again in terms of lineups, like they did with Michael Carter-Williams, who scored 23 points with nine rebounds and six assists on Friday.


“Guys have been working very hard around here of late,” Dwyane Wade said. “So I think everyone is looking forward to their opportunity if they get it. You gotta go play your game. You can’t replace players like Jimmy. But bring whatever you bring to the game.”