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Butler scored 28 points (11-19 FG, 6-7 FT) and added 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and two blocks in 43 minutes against the Timberwolves Friday.

It was another great game in what has become a great seasom for Butler. He should be an automatic starter in all formats.

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Butler (shoulder) returned to the starting lineup following a two-game absence Friday. He scored 30 points (9-18 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 9-9 FT) and added five rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes against the Pistons.Butler has emerged as a force this season, and he has made a compelling case for himself as fantasy's second-best shooting guard. As long as he is healthy, he is a must-start in every league format, and he is often a good value in daily leagues as well.

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Butler (shoulder) practiced again Thursday, ESPN Chicago reports.Butler has practiced each of the last two days and looks primed to return against the Pistons Friday. He always logs heavy minutes, so don't expect the Bulls to limit his time on the court if he plays.

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Butler (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, the Chicago Tribune reports.Butler suffered a strained shoulder on Feb. 10 against the Kings and missed the Bulls' final game before the break. During his first All-Star Game on Sunday, he was only afforded nine minutes, posting six points (3-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two steals, one rebounds, and one assist. With an unhindered practice under his belt, expect Butler to take the court Friday at Detroit.

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Butler (shoulder) scored six points (3-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt) to go along with one rebound, one assist and two steals in nine minutes Sunday in the All-Star game.Butler played limited minutes, but at least he was able to play. It looks encouraging that he will be ready for the Bulls' next game Friday against the Pistons.

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Butler participated in Saturday's workout but will test out his shoulder Sunday before a final decision is made on his availability for the All-Star game, ESPN Chicago reports.Butler aggravated his strained right shoulder during Tuesday's game, which forced limited run (22 minutes) in that tilt and a DNP on Thursday. Due to the lackadaisical nature of All-Star affairs, at least outside of crunch time, there's little question that coach Mike Budenholzer should be able to fit in a short shift for Butler. If the training staff deems that rest is the best medicine, though, Butler will have four additional days off before the Bulls take the floor Friday at Detroit.

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Butler (shoulder) may be able to play in the All-Star game on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reports.Butler missed Thursday's game against the Cavaliers with a shoulder injury that apparently isn't too serious if playing in the All-Star game is a possibility. Most notably, this means that his status for Chicago's first game after the break against the Pistons on Feb. 20 is looking favorable.

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Butler (shoulder) will not play Thursday night against the Cavaliers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.After an MRI on Wednesday confirmed Butler has a strained shoulder, he'll be held out of action Thursday, while Tony Snell moves into the starting lineup in his place. Butler is considered questionable to play in Sunday's All-Star Game, but he plans to make the trip to New York, and an update on his status should be available within the next couple of days. The fact that there's a chance Butler plays Sunday is a solid indication that he'll be ready when the Bulls resume play on Feb. 20.

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Butler (shoulder) underwent an MRI on Wednesday morning that confirmed a strain in his shoulder, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.Butler aggravated the injury Tuesday night, leaving the game after scoring five points on 2-of-8 shooting in 22 minutes. He was held out of practice Wednesday and should be considered questionable for Thursday's matchup with the Cavaliers. Depending upon the severity of the sprain and his level of discomfort, Butler's status for the All-Star Game on Sunday could also be in jeopardy. Look for a further update in advance of Thursday's game.

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Butler (shoulder) will likely undergo an MRI on Wednesday, ESPN.com's Nick Friedell reports.Butler missed the entire second half of Tuesday's win over the Kings due to the right shoulder strain. Coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed the swingman was experiencing soreness after the game, but the MRI should offer more clarity on the severity of the issue. Until more information becomes available, Butler should be viewed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers, the Bulls' final game before the All-Star break.