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Toe injury could sideline Bulls’ Jimmy Butler

Updated: November 20, 2013 10:28AM



Jimmy Butler downplayed the injured toe on his right foot after the Bulls’ victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night. But he missed practice Tuesday and had to get an MRI exam and now could be looking at some missed time.

Asked about Butler’s workload Tuesday, coach Tom Thibodeau said, ‘‘He didn’t do anything.’’

The Bulls planned to fly to Denver on Wednesday morning and practice there before the official start of their annual ‘‘circus trip’’ Thursday night against the Nuggets — the first of six straight road games.

Thibodeau couldn’t say if Butler would be able to go.

‘‘I don’t know,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘I want to see what they have to say after the MRI.’’

Butler’s teammates were preparing for life without him, but the nice thing is there are options. Mike Dunleavy can play the two, Kirk Hinrich has been playing the two, especially when he and Derrick Rose are on the court at the same time, and even Rose feels that he can move over to the shooting guard spot.

‘‘You know Jimmy — he’s someone we’re definitely going to miss, especially with his energy and defense, and he’s knocking down shots,’’ Rose said. ‘‘But the way our team is, if one guy goes down, the other guy has to step up and do a great job.

‘‘There’s Mike Dunleavy, there’s Kirk, there’s myself when I play the two, and we just have to fill in for him.’’



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