NBA: Jimmy Butler sidelined

Jimmy ButlerCHICAGO (AFP) – scoring leader will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a sprained left elbow, the struggling club said.

The team’s announcement that Butler’s MRI exam showed a sprained ulnar ligament and small bone impaction injury adds Butler to an injury list that includes former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose and forward , nursing a sore left ankle.

Butler, who has started 55 games for the Bulls, is averaging 20.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals a game for Chicago in a league-leading 38.9 minutes a game.

The injury came Sunday when Butler collided with DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, who beat the Bulls 96-86.

The Bulls, 37-23, lead the Central division and own the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, one loss more than Toronto and one loss less than the Cleveland Cavaliers.

, Rose underwent right knee surgery and will be sidelined from four to six weeks and just hours later, Gibson suffered his injury in a victory over Minnesota.

In the worst-case scenarios, both Rose and Gibson would struggle to return in time for the Bulls’ final regular-season games, the finale coming April 15 at home against .

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