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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Butler goes through full practice

By Nick Friedell

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (knee soreness) went through all of Sunday's practice, and Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is hopeful the third-year swingman will be able to play Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.

"I want to see how he responds after a day of practice," Thibodeau said. "Where he is."


Butler has missed the last two games after banging knees with John Wall last Saturday in Rio. It is the first injury to keep him out of a game in his pro career.

Kirk Hinrich remains out because of a concussion he sustained in Friday's win over the Indiana Pacers, while center Joakim Noah remains out because of a groin injury.

"Kirk is still dealing with the concussion. Joakim didn't do anything," Thibodeau said. "(Hinrich) feels better but there's a battery of tests that he has to go through so we'll see where he is (Monday). He says he's feeling a lot better but he's got the league protocol he's got to go through."

As for Hinrich's status for Monday's game, Thibodeau sounded uncertain.

"We'll see," Thibodeau said. "If he needs to sit ... we just want to make sure he's good."