The Chicago Bulls, who are already without Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson, will now be without the services of their starting shooting guard Jimmy Butler for three to six weeks due to a sprained left elbow.
An MRI performed Monday revealed that Butler suffered a Grade 2/3 UCL sprain and a small bone impaction during Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Butler will not have to undergo surgery to repair the injury.
The injury occurred in the third quarter of the Bulls 96-86 loss when Butler collided with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. He immediately clutched his elbow in pain, was taken off the floor, and did not return to action.
Butler becomes the third Bulls player to go down with an injury in the last two weeks.
Derrick Rose suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee on February 23 in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Rose underwent surgery Friday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Gibson, who has fought through an ankle injury for the majority of the season, sprained his left ankle Friday night and was in a walking boot Sunday.
Butler has been an important part of the Bulls success this season, averaging 38.9 minutes per game, the highest total in the NBA, and was named to his first All-Star team. Through 55 games, he has averaged 20.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.
The Bulls will return to action Tuesday, at home against the Washington Wizards.