The hits just keep on coming for the Chicago Bulls:
Chicago's Jimmy Butler could miss 3-4 weeks with elbow sprain, but won't need surgery, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) March 2, 2015
Butler underwent an MRI on Monday morning after injuring his elbow in the loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, and while it’s good news that he doesn’t need surgery for the injury, it’s bad news that he could miss over a month:
Bulls release says Butler will miss 3-6 weeks with "Grade 2/3 ulnar ligament sprain and small bone impaction injury to the left elbow."
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 2, 2015
The Bulls are already without Derrick Rose for four-to-six weeks, and Taj Gibson is dealing with an ankle issue as well.
Chicago has already had issues scoring without Rose, and it’ll be an even bigger problem with the team’s leading scorer in Butler on the shelf for an extended period of time. Perhaps head coach Tom Thibodeau will dust off rookie Doug McDermott to try and add some offense, and the front office may look to add a 15th player to the roster. There were already some discussions with Nate Robinson after Rose went down.
The Bulls are currently 37-23 and third in the Eastern Conference, but a fall could be in order with all of these injuries. Thibodeau’s teams have been able to grind out games while severely undermanned in the past, but this will be a tall order, especially with a tough part of the schedule coming up.
Tony Snell, your table is ready.