Bulls guard Jimmy Butler a step closer to returning to lineup

 
 
Updated 3/10/2016 2:50 PM
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  • A sore left knee will keep Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler out of tonight's game against San Antonio.

    A sore left knee will keep Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler out of tonight's game against San Antonio. Associated Press/January 2016

The second opinion on Jimmy Butler's sore left knee offered no bad news. The Bulls released a brief update Thursday after Butler was examined by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla.

"Dr. Andrews gave a confirmatory opinion and supports the current management of Butler's condition and return to play," the statement read. "Butler will resume workouts today, be monitored and will return to play when appropriate."

Butler, who missed 11 games with a left knee strain, made a successful return last Saturday in a win over Houston, but experienced swelling in the knee after the game. He sat out Monday's victory over Milwaukee and will not be with the team when the Bulls play tonight at San Antonio. It's not yet clear whether Butler might play in Friday's home game against Miami.

Butler has had two MRI exams on his left knee, so structural damage wasn't the concern when the all-star shooting guard chose to get an opinion from Dr. Andrews. The Bulls have 20 games left to secure a playoff spot. As of Thursday morning, they were in eighth place in the East, a few percentage points ahead of Detroit.

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