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Timberwolv­es All-Star Butler suffers meniscus injury in right knee

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LOS ANGELES — Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler has a meniscus injury in his right knee, the Timberwolv­es said Saturday, a day after the All- Star guard was carried off the floor in the third quarter of a loss to the Houston Rockets.

Butler underwent an MRI exam on Saturday which revealed the meniscal injury, the NBA team said in a statement.

The Timberwolv­es did not give any timetable for his return, saying only that further updates on his progress would be issued when more informatio­n becomes available.

Butler was rebounding a missed shot when Rockets forward Nene appeared to lean slightly on his right knee. Butler took a couple of steps after that, turning and planting his right foot then falling to the court and clutching the knee.

Two teammates helped him leave the court without putting any weight on the affected leg.

Butler, Minnesota’s prized offseason acquisitio­n, has helped the Timberwolv­es reach fourth place in the Western Conference — in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

In 56 games this season he is averaging 22.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists. —

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