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Jimmy Butler turns on the jets but tweaks his knee

Updated: January 27, 2014 12:45PM



NEW YORK — For a ­moment during the Bulls’ victory Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets, starting guard Jimmy Butler might have thought he was ready for the Olympics.

Butler chased a loose ball and surprised himself by beating Nets forward Reggie Evans to the ball with 2:11 left in the third quarter.

“I didn’t think actually I was going to be able to beat him to the ball,” Butler said. “Thought I’d be Usain Bolt and beat him to [it].

“I was going to dunk it until my [left] knee gave out. That’s what made me mad.”

And perhaps a bit concerned.

Butler, who has been plagued with injuries all season, returned to action after a sprained right ankle caused him to miss a game.

After knocking down two free throws, Butler went into the ­tunnel with the training staff and worked out the knee on a stationary bike. He returned to action in the fourth quarter.

“It was a great play by Jimmy, and it was one of those plays [in the] open floor [in which] a lot of speed was involved,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Butler’s sprint.

Gotta be the sleeves

All the teams that played on Christmas Day donned special jerseys with sleeves, which were met with mixed reviews among the players.

But one Bull, point guard D.J. Augustin, was thrilled to be wearing the new-look gear.

“We’re used to shooting in sleeves,” Augustin said. “They’re a little bit tighter than normally you would shoot with, but I had no issues with it.

“It felt like playing in the park with a T-shirt on, so I loved them.”

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