Basketball fans in Minnesota held their collective breaths on Friday night, as Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler went down with what looked to be a non-contact knee injury against Houston.
Butler was down on the ground in serious pain and had to be assisted to the locker room by a pair of teammates. Even worse, he was unable to put any weight on his right leg.
When those situations come about, everyone assumes the worst and that the player might have torn a ligament in their knee. But on Saturday afternoon, the Timberwolves gave an update on Butler’s status, and in the relatively good news, the All-Star wing didn’t tear his ACL or MCL.
Still, Butler seems primed for an extended absence, as Minnesota announced Butler suffered a meniscus injury in his knee. The team did not give a timetable for Butler’s return, instead of saying that more information will be released as it becomes available.
Basketball is more fun when Butler is on the floor, so hopefully, he is able to bounce back from this injury and play again before the season is over.