Jimmy Butler loses a bet after missing his first game of the season

BY Brett Pollakoff • February 4, 2016

Jimmy Butler has played through injuries at various points during the season, but his decision to do so was for purely selfish reasons. 

Butler, you see, had a bet with his trainer that he would play in all 82 games, so he pushed through as long as he could. But after he was forced out of action Wednesday night against the Kings with tendinitis in his left knee, the bet has now been officially lost. 

"We'll see how it feels (Thursday) when I wake up and get some treatment," Butler said, via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. "I'll try to get back out there. It's disappointing but I have to think big picture and take care of my body. My trainer was here and he said, 'Look, you have to do what's right for your body.'"

Butler may have an MRI to make sure it's nothing serious. Meanwhile, E'Twaun Moore filled in nicely with a career-high 24 points as the Bulls got the 107-102 victory in Butler's absence.