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Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star guard Jimmy Butler was carried off the floor with just over three minutes left in the third quarter of Friday night’s game against the Houston Rockets after his right knee buckled moments after he collected a rebound.
Butler rebounded a missed shot, but Rockets forward Nene leaned on Butler’s right knee. Butler then took two steps before falling to the court.
ESPN reported Butler immediately had X-Rays and video showed the four-time All-Star hopping down the hallway on his left leg at the Toyota Center.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said Butler will be re-evaluated Saturday with an MRI.
“You’ve got to wait for the doctors to do their thing,” Thibodeau said. “Until they do the MRI, it’s speculating. We’ll know more tomorrow. I don’t want to speculate on what it might be, but we’ll just hope for the best.”
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Butler, the Timberwolves’ prized offseason acquisition, has Minnesota in fourth place in the Western Conference and in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
Butler leads the Timberwolves in scoring (22.4 per game), is second in assists (5.0) and third in rebounds (5.5). He also leads the NBA in minutes at 37.3 per game.
He was elected to his fourth All-Star Game, but he opted to sit out the game itself last Sunday.
The Rockets glided to a 120-102 victory.
Contributing: Associated Press.