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Jimmy Butler Likely to Return Monday

The Chicago Bulls will likely get some reinforcement in the form of Jimmy Butler against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night:

Butler has missed the Bulls’ last 11 games with an elbow injury. The injury was initially expected to keep him out three-to-six weeks, and he’s returning at the front end of that timetable.

Chicago went 5-6 without Butler, a span which also featured absences of Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson. Gibson returned to the lineup last Friday against the Toronto Raptors, and Rose is expected back sometime in the next few weeks.

Butler has had a breakout season with the Bulls, averaging 20.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists. His 20.3 points per game leads the team, and he’s shooting 46.2 percent overall and 35.1 percent from three. He’s also one of the most prolific in the NBA at getting to the line, taking 7.1 free throw attempts per game.

Chicago is 42-29 and fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls’ offense has been wildly inconsistent with Butler and Rose out, so this should be a big help.

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