Jimmy Butler suffered a rib contusion late in the first quarter of the Bulls’ 117-89 win over the Nuggets on Friday night and did not return. He finished with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting in 11 minutes, and Tom Thibodeau said the shooting guard is day-to-day.
"It’s one of those things, with a rib we have to see how he is when he gets up tomorrow,” Thibodeau said.
Thibodeau said he’s hopeful Butler will be able to travel with the team when they fly to Miami on Saturday afternoon.
In Butler’s absence, rookie Tony Snell scored a career-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including three 3-pointers.
“I was watching Jimmy, I was watching Mike (Dunleavy) on the bench, and unfortunately Jimmy got hurt,” Snell said. “But that happened at the beginning of the season so I was more prepared this time around. All the hard work I put in, everything I learned this whole season, just try to go out there and prove myself.”
Butler missed 11 games earlier in the year with a turf-toe injury.
Dunleavy also saw some extra run in the blowout victory, scoring 10 points and handing out six assists in 36 minutes.