Butler out; Rose, Noah return vs. Pistons


CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler will not play Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons because of knee soreness. This is the first professional game Butler will have missed because of injury. He banged knees with Washington Wizards guard John Wall during Saturday's game in Rio de Janeiro and obviously the injury is still bothering him.

"[He's] day-to-day," Thibodeau said before the game. "He bumped his tendonitis."

Butler said before the game that an MRI showed he just has a bruised left knee. He isn't sure when he will be able to return to the floor but is optimistic it won't take too long.

"That's a good question," Butler said, when asked when he may be back. "Hopefully as soon as possible, as long as I keep doing what I'm supposed to be doing in the rehab and making sure that my body's right I'll be back soon."

Butler was frustrated he wasn't able to play given that he has developed a reputation as the Bulls' ironman.

"I've never missed a game in my career," Butler said. "Preseason, whatever you want to call it, I love going to war with these guys. It's just messing me up mentally to know that I can't be out there with them. So I can only imagine how No. 1 [Derrick Rose] felt all last season."

All other remaining Bulls are available to play -- including Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Rose will return after missing Saturday's game because of knee soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

"The aggressiveness has been good and the explosiveness," Thibodeau said of Rose. "There is some rust and that is to be expected. I think when you've missed as much time as he's missed you could see ... sometimes he's made a great move and he hasn't finished like he normally would. But the explosion's there. You see it in practice, you see it in the games, the speed is there, and you see his confidence growing."

Noah will be making his first appearance of the preseason. He missed the first three games because of a groin strain.