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Jimmy Butler has a Meniscus Injury

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Neither severity nor treatment plan is clear, but the team announces that Jimmy Butler injured his meniscus last night.

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Well, the good news is that it isn’t the worst case scenario. Jimmy Butler underwent an MRI today after last night’s right knee injury in Houston, and announced that he has a problem with his meniscus. Here is the text of the release:

Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) taken this afternoon on Wolves forward Jimmy Butler’s right knee revealed a meniscal injury. The evaluation and MRI was conducted by Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Diane Dahm at Mayo Clinic. Further updates as to Butler’s progress will be issued when more information becomes available.

The injury occurred during last night’s 120-102 loss to the Houston Rockets.

In 56 games this season, Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

Note that it does not say “tear,” though most meniscus injuries are at least partial tears. I don’t know a ton about this, but generally treatment involves a choice between removal, which has a faster recovery time but can and usually does lead to problems later, and repair (if that’s possible, which it is not in all cases) which has a longer recovery time.

At this point, all we can say is that Butler will be out for a significant amount of time, and we can breath a sigh of relief that it was not an ACL tear, as so many feared last night.

At any rate, they soldier on without him. Hosting the Bulls tonight.

Best wishes to Jimmy Buckets. Can’t wait to see him back out on the floor.