Jimmy Butler was back on the practice floor the past two days and plans to play against Brooklyn on Wednesday.
But he doesn't seem completely happy with the status of his two injuries. He missed 11 games with a turf-toe injury on his right foot, then skipped the last two with a sprained right ankle.
"I just need a new right foot, to tell you the truth. I think this one's all used up," Butler said Tuesday at the Berto Center. "I'm all right -- turf toe, little ankle problem. Nothing I can't handle, I guess."
Butler probably was half-joking about his right foot. He doesn't expect to be completely healthy, even if he's well enough to play in games.
"I think I'm well enough to go out there and compete," he said. "(The turf toe) bothers me a little bit, but I felt like it's going to bother me like that for the rest of my career now."
The rest of the Bulls' injury report remains unchanged. Kirk Hinrich (sore back) is planning to return against Brooklyn, while Luol Deng (sore left Achilles) still has not practiced and seems unlikely to play Wednesday.
"I feel once everybody starts getting back into a rhythm and getting back to playing with each other, we're going to be a force to reckon with," Butler added. "Until then, we've just got to try to pull out as many wins as possible."
Augustin saw his future:
Bulls guard D.J. Augustin has fit in quickly with his new team, and maybe part of the reason is he knew what to expect when he signed on Dec. 13.
"I hated playing against the Bulls (in the past)," he said. "It's a grind-out team. They're going to play defense every night, going to fight you and be tough. I hated playing against them. Now I love being a part of it."
When it comes to playing for coach Tom Thibodeau, Augustin thinks he's prepared for that experience.
"(I heard) that he was a tough coach," Augustin said. "But I played for Larry Brown my first three years and he was pretty tough. I feel like I can handle it. He's only trying to make me better, not trying to bring me down, and he's really helping me."
There was no water at the Berto Center on Monday because of a nearby water main break, but the problem was solved by Tuesday. … Jimmy Butler on whether the game at Brooklyn will even feel like a playoff rematch, consider all the changes by both teams: "I guess it does. But why not go into every game thinking it's a playoff and you're playing for elimination? I think that's how we have to play all teams."