LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Philadelphia swingman Jimmy Butler left the 76ers’ win over the visiting Detroit Pistons with a groin strain Monday, and the extent of the injury was unknown.
Coach Brett Brown said postgame, “I don’t know the detail of it, nor do I know what’s going to happen in relation to the longevity, how long he’s going to sit out.”
Butler got hurt with 2:20 remaining in the first quarter and didn’t return.
He missed all three shots from the field and wound up scoreless in nine minutes after having scored 38 points in each of the previous two games.
Even so, the 76ers recorded a 116-102 victory, their 10th win in 13 games since Butler arrived following a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Butler is averaging 19.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists since joining the 76ers.
“The one thing that comes out quickly is his love of the game,” Brown said, according to the Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times. “I have been doing this a long time, and that is as big a compliment as I could give anybody if this is his profession. He really loves basketball.”
Another player in a happy mood Monday was 76ers center Joel Embiid, who last week complained about the way he was being utilized. On Friday, Embiid sat out the 76ers’ 117-111 win at Detroit due to illness, but he returned Monday to score 24 points.