Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler had to be carried off of the court Friday after injuring his knee. Jayson Tatum scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half for the Celtics, who went into the All-Star break on a three-game losing streak but returned with a solid win on the road.
The tendency to overextend his superstars has been a concern of Tom Thibodeau-coached teams in the past and Butler was the embodiment of that over-usage.
Minnesota players said Butler had a positive outlook in the locker room following the team's 120-102 defeat. The Bulls, for a while while he was in Chicago, had Butler available in trade discussions. Until they do the MRI, it's speculating.
Butler was seen hopping on one foot in the Toyota Center hallway as he headed to get an X-ray. He also was visited in the training room by Rockets guard James Harden.
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There's not going to be any further word on the extent of Butler's injury until the MRI results are available.
"His first reaction was, 'I'm OK, I'll be OK, '" Wolves forward Taj Gibson said. But he was smiling. We, here at Da Windy City, can only hope for the best for Butler and wish him a speedy recovery. Chris Paul tallied 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists; just two short of his second triple-double of the season. Butler made three consecutive All-Defensive teams between 2014 and 2016 before earning his first All-NBA nod previous year.
There's no word yet on the extent of Butler's injury.