Jimmy Butler will make his much-needed return back into the starting lineup for the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night against the Houston Rockets.
When Jimmy Butler injured his knee on Feb. 5 against the Denver Nuggets, the Bulls were six games over the .500 mark, but the season felt over.
Bulls fans had witnessed this multiple times with Butler’s backcourt mate Derrick Rose and prepared for the worst news possible in terms of Butler’s injury.
But, there’s still the tiniest bit of hope for the Bulls.
On Thursday night, Comcast SportsNet Chicago Bulls beat reporter Vincent Goodwill reported that Butler would be practicing with the Bulls on Friday and returning to action this coming Saturday night against the Houston Rockets.
Not only would Butler be returning to action, but without any kind of minute restrictions in his return.
Butler being back in the rotation for the Bulls is big, but playing without any minute restrictions in his return — while having to guard one of the league’s most dynamic scorers in James Harden — seems like a bad recipe for a guy who has missed a month of action.
Regardless of how many minutes Butler plays on Saturday night, his return couldn’t have come at a better time for the Bulls. They’re just 8-18 since Jan. 8 and have lost eight of the 11 games Butler has missed since the left knee strain on Feb. 5.
Not only are the Bulls out of the playoff picture and sitting at the .500 mark, they’ve given up 100+ points in 15 consecutive games. Even with Butler on the floor for three of the four games of that streak, the Bulls have had a laundry list of issues to figure out.
But, Butler’s one of the most complete players in the game and with the way Rose has been finding his game offensively in recent weeks, maybe the Bulls can get back on track against a comedy-hour squad like the Rockets.