Jimmy Butler’s MRI reveals shoulder injury is just a strain

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Jimmy Butler did not return for the second half of Chicago’s win over the Kings on Tuesday, thanks to re-aggravating a shoulder injury he initially suffered on Sunday against the Magic.

Butler underwent an MRI on Wednesday, and thankfully for Bulls’ fans, the result revealed nothing more than a strain.

From Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago:

An MRI revealed that Butler has nothing more serious that a strain, after he aggravated an injury Tuesday night that he first received in Sunday’s game against the Orlando Magic.

Butler’s status for Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers remains unknown, according to coach Tom Thibodeau. Butler was not available for comment Wednesday, although he was at the Bulls’ practice facility receiving treatment. …

Butler remains scheduled to participate in Saturday’s All-Star skills challenge and in Sunday’s All-Star Game in New York City.

All-Star weekend has already seen plenty of players be forced out of action due to injury, including Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Dwyane Wade. Butler’s potential availability to participate is of course a plus, but I’m sure Chicago is far more interested in whether or not he’ll be able to go on Thursday against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.