Wolves’ Jimmy Butler Injures Knee, Awaiting MRI Results on Severity
Something tells me that Lou Williams isn’t thinking about the one-on-one, $100K proposition Jimmy Butler issued his way the other day.
On Friday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves took on the Houston Rockets in a contest between two of the best teams in the Western Conference, let alone the NBA.
What was initially a marquee matchup turned into a nightmare in the waning minutes of the third quarter for the Wolves when All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler went down due to a non-contact right knee injury. Butler initially drove to the basket and missed a short jump shot in the paint. He would go onto grab the rebound, pivot and plant hard on his right foot, prior to collapsing to the court, grabbing his knee in pain.
The initial fear was an ACL tear as the arena quieted. Butler will undergo an MRI on Saturday morning, but X-ray results were negative which provided some optimism around both the team and Butler’s camp. According to reports, the 28-year old guard was in high spirits after the game despite not speaking to reporters.
“You’ve got to wait for the doctors to do their thing,” Head Coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Until they do the MRI, it’s speculating. We’ll know more tomorrow. I don’t want to speculate on what it might be, but we’ll just hope for the best.”
MRI Saturday will give final word, but there is some optimism in @JimmyButler camp that he may have at least avoided the worst—an ACL tear—on Friday.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 24, 2018
In his first season with the Wolves, Butler leads the team with 22.2-points per game and also tops the league in playing time, averaging 37.1-minutes a night.
“His first reaction was, ‘I’m OK, I’ll be OK,'” Wolves forward Taj Gibson said. “But he was smiling. That was a big thing, and it was a huge relief for everybody in this locker room. He’s a warrior, so we’ve just got to hold it down for him.”
The waiting game now begins as nervousness is still very much prevalent around the organization. The hope of course being that Butler only suffered a knee sprain as opposed to a ligament tear which would rule him out for the rest of the season.