Bulls hope to have Butler back for Spurs game on Thursday

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) drives the ball to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Markel Brown (22). (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls hope to have Jimmy Butler back for their next game after the swelling in the two-time All-Star guard’s left knee went down.

Coach Fred Hoiberg said Tuesday he hopes he returns to the lineup Thursday at San Antonio. Butler sat out Monday’s win over Milwaukee because of swelling in the same knee that had sidelined him for 11 games.

He returned to score 24 points while playing 34 minutes in Saturday’s win over Houston but experienced stiffness in his back the following day. Butler then developed swelling in his knee on Monday.

Hoiberg also said forward Bobby Portis was experiencing blurred vision after leaving the Bucks game because of a left orbital contusion. But guard Aaron Brooks was feeling better after exiting with right patellar tendinitis.

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