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Bulls’ Butler injures thumb

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Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler could miss the start of the regular season next week after injuring his left thumb on Sunday night during an exhibition game against the Charlotte Hornets.

The Bulls announced Tuesday on Twitter that Butler suffered sprained thumb ligaments. He will not practice for the rest of the week and miss the team’s final preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves before the thumb is re-evaluated.

Butler wore a splint on the thumb Monday night while working out before a preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Columbus, Ohio.

The Bulls begin the regular season on Oct. 29 against the New York Knicks and face the Cavaliers two nights later.

If Butler is unable to play, veteran guard Kirk Hinrich is expected to start in his place.

The 25-year-old Butler is entering his four season in the NBA. In 67 regular-season games in 2013-14, Butler averaged 13.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens, Compare.bet, The Sports Daily, 90min, and TopRatedCasinos.co.uk. His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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