Bulls' Jimmy Butler still out with heel bruise versus Kings

ByNick Friedell ESPN logo
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chicago Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler did not play in Monday night's 112-107 win over the Kings because of a bruised right heel.

It was second straight game he has missed because of the injury. He is considered questionable for Wednesday's road game against the Golden State Warriors.

"He's doing a little bit better," Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said before Monday's game. "But still, it'd be hard for Jimmy to go out and play a full game the way he's feeling. So the big thing obviously for Jimmy is to get treatments over the next couple days and hopefully continue to make improvements. Then we'll make the determination on Wednesday."

Butler, who initially injured the heel during Wednesday night's win at Oklahoma City, said Sunday that the pain was a "six or seven" in his heel.

He rested the heel in a big bucket of ice in front of his locker before Monday's game.

"Even though it's the right foot, it still hurts," Butler said after Monday's shootaround. "So you still gotta be able to go about all the basketball movements on defense and on offense, so like I said, we'll see right before the game.''

The Bulls are also without big manCristiano Feliciofor the next week because of a right lower leg strain.

Chicago is in the middle of a six-game road trip that ends Sunday afternoon against the Minnesota Timberwolves.