Well the news for the Bulls could have been better, it could have been worse. Jimmy Butler will miss 3-6 weeks with his elbow sprain. This could end up being a positive for Chicago in the long run.
As I noted in this morning's article, the Bulls were probably destined to fall at least to fourth no matter what. Once they fall to fourth, it's really kind of irrelevant where they finish. They'll already have to play Cleveland/Atlanta on the road.
Even in an absolute worst case scenario where the Bulls fall to sixth, things won't really get much worse in terms of the teams they have to beat to get to the finals.
Also, Butler will likely get some good rest heading into the playoffs and any other nagging injuries he has should have plenty of time to heal. He was clearly worn down last playoffs, and he should enter this playoffs far fresher for having some rest for the elbow. Since it is his non shooting arm, the odds are that it won't have a considerable performance on his timing/shooting when he returns.
The Bulls won't be a whole lot of fun to watch in the mean time. They'll likely struggle big time without Butler/Rose. However, the end playoff pairings won't be hurt so much by this one way or the other. The Bulls championship hopes, slim as they are, won't really be impacted by this.
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