Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler appears to have suffered a significant knee injury on Friday night.
Jimmy Butler, who didn’t play in this past weekend’s All-Star game to get some extended rest, appears to have suffered a knee injury Friday night against the Houston Rockets. Butler needed to be carried off the floor by his teammates in the aftermath.
Butler came down with a rebound late in the third quarter, and after taking a hard dribble, collapsed in pain. He was unable to put any kind of pressure on his right knee afterward.
Here’s video of the play. The footage isn’t particularly tough to watch, but it’s clear that Butler is in a great deal of pain.
Jimmy Butler leaves game vs. Rockets with an apparent knee injury.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 24, 2018
Butler, one of the most talented players in the league, averages 22.4 points per contest. He’s one of the biggest reasons that the Timberwolves currently sit in first place in the Northwest division.
He’s also been incredibly durable – so durable that he’s actually leading the NBA in minutes per game thus far this season.
Jimmy Butler entered the night leading the NBA in minutes per game at 37.3.
He's averaged 37.7 minutes per game over the last five seasons, which leads the NBA. https://t.co/9dA8YNpQCs
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 24, 2018
There’s no word yet on the extent of Butler’s injury. Let’s hope it’s not as bad as his reaction is making it seem.