Nevada News Reporter

Bulls’ Jimmy Butler out 3-6 weeks with elbow injury

Bulls’ Jimmy Butler out 3-6 weeks with elbow injury

The Chicago Bulls’ depleted roster just added another All-Star to the injured list. All-Star guard Jimmy Butler, who is having his best season, will miss 3-6 weeks with a grade 2/3 ulnar ligament sprain and small bone impaction injury to his left elbow, the team said Monday. Butler sustained the injury Sunday after running into Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan who was setting a screen during Chicago’s 96-86 home loss.635609030881402712-USP-NBA-MINNESOTA-TIMBERWOLVES-AT-CHICAGO-BULLS-71211048

Point guard Derrick Rose is out approximately 4-6 weeks after surgery Friday to fix a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. Forward Taj Gibson has missed the past 1¾ games with an injured left ankle. The Bulls’ starting guards for at least the next few weeks will be backups Aaron Brooks and Tony Snell, and rookie forward Nikola Mirotic will also receive more playing time. Mirotic had 29 points and nine rebounds, and the Bulls will need his scoring if they are going to handle this stretch with a modicum of success.

Snell will also be asked to do more offensively. He’s averaging 5.5 points but has scored at least 10 points in seven of his past 10 games, including 20, 10, 12 and 13 points in his past four games. The Bulls have an open roster spot and could add another guard. Veterans Nate Robinson and Mike James have played for the Bulls and Tom Thibodeau and are available.

The Bulls are in third place in the Eastern Conference, a ½ game ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers and a ½ game behind the Toronto Raptors. But it’s hard to fathom the Bulls holding off the Cavaliers without Butler and Rose for the next few weeks.