Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler (knee) diagnosed with meniscal injury

Erica Murray
February 25, 2018

Jayson Tatum scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half for the Celtics, who went into the All-Star break on a three-game losing streak but returned with a solid win on the road.

Jimmy Butler had to leave the Minnesota Timberwolves' matchup against the Houston Rockets in the third quarter with an apparent right-knee injury.

In fairness to Butler, Minnesota played the final game before All-Star Weekend against the Los Angeles Lakers. Butler scored 10 points and had five rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes for the Timberwolves.

According to ESPN, Butler appeared in high spirits before leaving the Toyota Center in Houston.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau said after the game that they will know more in the coming hours and he is unsure exactly what happened with Butler. "I don't want to speculate on what it might be, but we'll just hope for the best".

James Harden wrapped up another 30-point night and another Rockets victory, then made his way to Minnesota's training room.

"His first reaction was, 'I'm OK, I'll be OK, '" Wolves forward Taj Gibson said. "But he was smiling. That was a big thing and it was a huge relief for everybody in this locker room". For now, grabbing Nemanja Bjelica in competitive leagues makes sense until we get word.

LeBron James had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in his 11th triple-double of the season, and Cleveland pulled away after a slow start.

Jimmy Butler entered the night leading the National Basketball Association in minutes per game at 37.3.

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