After an MRI on Saturday afternoon, the Bulls considered his status “day-to-day.” Now, Butler is revealing more details about his pain levels and whether or not he will be available for Monday’s game against the Sacramento Kings.
Butler didn't practice. Unsure about whether he'll play tomorrow.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 5, 2017
Jimmy Butler didn't go through practice today with injured heel. Called pain about a "6 or 7"
— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) February 5, 2017
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 5, 2017
Butler missed Sunday’s practice but is not ruling himself out for Monday yet. He registers himself pretty high on the pain scale, but all signs point to a short-term injury.
The Bulls lost to the Rockets 121-117 on Friday night with guard Michael Carter-Williams starting in Butler’s place. The team is now 0-3 in the games their All-star forward has missed this season.
Carter-Williams was the third different player to start in Butler’s place this year, following young forwards Paul Zipser and Doug McDermott. The former Philadelphia 76ers guard played well, scoring 23 points, but ended up on the wrong end of a controversial foul call that sealed the win for the Rockets.