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Jimmy Butler Playing Through Injury

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Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler has been the team’s best player this season, but the 26-year-old wasn’t at his best in a loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. He was outplayed by Paul George, and part of the reason may be the foot injury Butler is fighting through.

Butler told CSN Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill that he’s not sure what the injury is, but he’s determined to play through it:

“Man I don’t know what it is, but I’m playing through it,” he told CSNChicago.com in the locker room afterwards.

When asked if he needs an MRI, Butler replied, “Maybe. I’m not sure.”

Butler appeared to initially injure himself at the end of the loss to the Golden State Warriors last week. He hasn’t missed any time and has played big minutes since, including 40 against Indiana. He had 16 points on 4-of-10 shooting in the game.

For the season, Butler is averaging 20.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 36.8 minutes per game. He’s shooting 45.6 percent overall and 41.5 percent from three. The Bulls obviously need him to continue playing at an elite level, so it’d be a good idea to make sure this injury doesn’t nag him moving forward, even if that means missing a game or two to rest up.

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