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Butler (thumb) did not practice Tuesday but remains a game-time call for Wednesday's opener against the Knicks, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Butler was present at practice but did not participate, as he continues to nurse a sprained left thumb. If he sits out Wednesday, expect to see more of Kirk Hinrich, as well as some combination of Doug McDermott, Nikola Mirotic and Tony Snell.
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Butler (thumb) did a little more shooting during Monday's practice, but he is still not doing much other work, ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell reports.
It sounds like it would be pretty unlikely for Butler to be able to play in the season opener. Continue to monitor his status, but it may be a few games before he can take the court.
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Butler (thumb) did not practice Sunday and is still uncertain for the Bulls' regular season opener Wednesday against the Knicks, ESPN Chicago reports.
Although he didn't practice Sunday, Butler was seen taking some jump shots after practice. Even if he does miss Wednesday's game, don't expect Butler to be out much longer than that.
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Butler (thumb) is scheduled to be re-evaluated next week, ESPN Chicago reports.
Butler did not play Friday against Minnesota and there is a chance he will miss the regular season opener Wednesday against the Knicks. His injury is not considered serious though, so he shouldn't be out too long.
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Butler (thumb) is probable for Friday's preseason finale against the T-Wolves.
After he was diagnosed with a sprained left thumb earlier in the week, it was thought that Butler would miss the remainder of the preseason, but his status must have improved significantly since then. Considering he will likely play Friday, there's no reason to think he won't play in the season opener.
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Butler has been diagnosed with a sprained left thumb, and will miss the rest of the preseason, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports.
The Bulls will reevaluate the starting shooting guard prior to the start of the regular season, so he should be considered questionable in that sense. Butler won't practice this week, so hopefully the time off will allow him to heal up, and even if he misses the first couple games of the regular season, he should be back on the court in relatively short order. Kirk Hinrich would be his most likely replacement in the starting lineup if he had to miss time.
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Butler (thumb) will not require surgery on his sprained thumb, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Butler left Sunday's contest with the injury and did not return. Owners can rest easy, however, as he's only slated to miss a few days and should be fine when the regular season opens.
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Butler left Sunday's exhibition game with a sprained left thumb.
The extent of Butler's injury is uncertain, but expect an update on his status as more details become available.
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Butler scored 29 points (8-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 12-16 FT) to go along with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 31 minutes Thursday against the Hawks.
Butler took over the game in the fourth quarter and hit a three-pointer as time expired to win the game. He's been impressive offensively during the preseason to go along with his usual excellent defense. Butler might be on the verge of a breakout fantasy campaign.
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Butler scored 21 points (7-8 FG, 7-7 FT) to go along with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 22 minutes Monday against the Nuggets.
Butler was extremely productive in limited action Monday and has shown an improved offensive game so far this preseason. If he can keep that going throughout the regular season, he would really increase his fantasy value as he is always a reliable source for defensive stats as well.