MRI reveals Jimmy Butler suffered a meniscus injury

Jimmy Butler Injury: T-Wolves Star Reportedly Avoids Dreaded ACL Tear

Jimmy Butler Injury: T-Wolves Star Reportedly Avoids Dreaded ACL Tear

Instead of the torn ACL many feared, the resulting diagnosis - a small tear in his meniscus, on which Butler had surgery Sunday - was, by far, the best outcome he and the Wolves could have hoped for.

"On paper. I don't think we play hard enough right now". The report was vague and offered no specifics on the severity of the injury or what the timetable for a return looks like.

Conventional wisdom in the aftermath of Butler's injury Friday against Houston suggested that neither margin will hold without him.

Jeff Teague scored 25 points and dished seven assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled away for a 122-104 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at Target Center in Minneapolis.

Losing Butler, who is averaging 22.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5 assists in 56 games, for any length of time would be a huge blow to a Timberwolves team that now sits in fourth place in the Western Conference. Watch this space for the latest Jimmy Butler injury update. I'm not afraid to say that we don't do that.

He must go some way to justifying the front office's decision by stepping up to fill Butler's shoes to help the Timberwolves close out the season well and claim one of the top four spots in the west. It's no guarantee that the Wolves will be able to maintain their standing without Butler in the wildly competitive Western Conference, but teammate Taj Gibson told ESPN that he was in good spirits following the injury.

If that continues over the next six weeks, Butler won't have a playoff team to return to once he's healthy.

No matter how much Thibodeau and his players talk about this being an all-around effort - "No one person is going to fill (Butler's) role so everybody has to kind of chip in", Crawford said - the player everyone will be focused on is going to be Andrew Wiggins. It could have been worse. "So if he has a chance to come back and play, we'll have to wait and see, hopefully".

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