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Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler out 3-4 weeks with knee sprain

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The Chicago Bulls haven't been as good as they'd hoped to be this year and their fortunes have just taken another blow.

This is after it was revealed that guard Jimmy Butler will miss the next 3-4 weeks with a strained left knee. 

The injury occurred during the second quarter of Friday night's game against the Denver Nuggets. Butler missed his first game of the year on February 3rd because of left knee tendinitis.

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The Bulls had hoped the injury wasn't too serious but decided to sideline him for around a month after tests conducted on Tuesday showed that the knock would take some time to fully recover from.

When asked why it was an estimate at when Butler would return, Chicago head coach Fred Hoiberg did admit that he wasn't sure before relaying that the swingman was showing improvement.

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"Good question," he said. "It's what it is right now. It's an injury that a lot of it is based on how he recovers, and the important thing is, he's making progress. We'll continue to get him treatment, and if he can continue to make progress, a lot of this will be based on how he feels."

The Bulls said on Tuesday that Butler has begun rehabbing his knee and will focus on conditioning over the next few weeks. 

Butler had been named an All-Star for the second season in a row but his spot has now gone to Chicago teammate Pau Gasol. It will be the 6th All-Star game of the Spaniard's career, who is averaging 17 points and 10.9 rebounds a game this season.

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