Player News - Bulls

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Rajon Rondo played 23 minutes off the bench on Tuesday but missed all four of his shots and failed to score, finishing with just three rebounds and five assists in a loss to the Mavs.

Rondo is fading fast, hasn't scored more than six points in any of his last four games, and is averaging just 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 0.5 steals over his last four games, while hitting just 6-of-25 shots over that stretch. There are simply better players to spend your time and effort on than Rondo right now, but he's probably still worth holding in deeper leagues.
Jan 17 - 11:19 PM

Doug McDermott hit just 3-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, six rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes on Tuesday.

McBuckets finally got hot on Sunday, hitting 9-of-16 shots for a season-high 31 points, six rebounds and three 3-pointers, but turned back into a pumpkin on Tuesday night. If you throw out his 31-point explosion, he hasn't scored more than eight points in his last five games and hit just 10-of-41 shots in those games. Maybe Sunday's game will eventually get him going, but it certainly didn't happen tonight against the Mavs. He's still a borderline player to own in 12-team leagues.
Jan 17 - 11:14 PM

Nikola Mirotic returned from an illness on Tuesday and had six points, five rebounds, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

Not a bad line from Mirotic, who also benefitted from the absence of Taj Gibson, who was out with an ankle injury. The song remains the same with Miro - he'll have some big games and some bad games, so catching him on the right night can be tough. But if Gibson's ankle injury lingers, Mirotic will be someone worth picking up, while he could also bounce back for a decent second half, with or without Gibson. Mirotic is the textbook definition of a borderline player to own in 12-team leagues.
Jan 17 - 11:09 PM

Dwyane Wade returned from a rest and played 35 minutes on Tuesday, hitting 8-of-21 shots for 17 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block in a loss to the Mavericks.

Wade picked up a deflection after Wesley Matthews nearly stole the ball from Jimmy Butler and got a good look at the game-winning shot at the buzzer over Deron Williams, but it wasn't meant to be. Wade is a fine play on nights he's actually playing, But he had missed two of his previous four games coming into this one. The Bulls have another back-to-back this Friday and Saturday, and then again on Tuesday and Wednesday, so owners can only pray that he plays in more than two of those four games.
Jan 17 - 11:04 PM

Robin Lopez scored a season-high 21 points to go along with five rebounds and a block on 10-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's 99-98 loss to the Mavericks.

Ro-Lo has been pretty quiet this season with the Bulls, but broke out of a funk tonight. Some more rebounds and blocks would have been nice, but owners will take this one. It probably helped that he was facing a Mavs' team starting ancient forward Dirk Nowitzki at center, so we'll have to see if Ro-Lo can do it again on Friday against Dwight Howard and the Hawks, which will be a tougher test.
Jan 17 - 10:59 PM

Paul Zipser started for Taj Gibson (ankle) on Tuesday but played just 19 minutes and finished with five points, three rebounds and a 3-pointer in a loss to the Mavs.

Zipser will likely move to the bench regardless of Gibson's ankle, as Nikola Mirotic is back in action for the Bulls after dealing with an illness. Forget about him in fantasy.
Jan 17 - 10:55 PM

Jimmy Butler hit just 5-of-12 shots but also knocked down a Harden-esque 14-of-16 free throws on his way to 24 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists and a steal, just missing his first triple-double of the season.

Butler has been back for three games since dealing with an illness and hasn't missed a beat. He also hasn't committed more than three turnovers in any of his last three games, which adds to his stellar efficiency rating.
Jan 17 - 10:53 PM

Paul Zipser will replace Taj Gibson (ankle) in the Bulls starting lineup Tuesday vs. the Mavs.

Zipser has started two games previously this season. In those two starts, he is averaging 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.6 minutes. Thus, there is no need to add Zipser off the wire, and he is even risky as a streaming option or a DFS punt.
Jan 17 - 6:24 PM

Taj Gibson (sore left ankle) will miss Tuesday's matchup with the Mavs, and Paul Zipser is expected to get the start in his place.

Zipser only saw 15 minutes of action in his previous start, so we wouldn't get too hyped up about him sticking in the starting five. Nikola Mirotic (illness) will be returning from a four-game absence today, and it'll likely be him and Doug McDermott splitting the majority of Gibson's minutes. Fred Hoiberg described Gibson's absence as precautionary and said it's unlikely that he'll need to undergo an MRI, so chances are he'll be able to return to the court for Friday's game in Atlanta.

Nikola Mirotic (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Mavs.

Mirotic, who has missed four straight games due to strep throat, has been a disappointment this season, averaging career-lows in points (9.5), assists (0.8), field goal percentage (.387), 3-point percentage (.312) and free-throw percentage (.758). Hopefully, he can bounce back in the second half of the season to salvage his 2016-17 campaign. Mirotic's return will cut into Doug McDermott's minutes and likely knock Bobby Portis out of the rotation.
Jan 17 - 12:11 PM

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg praised Cristiano Felicio for his recent play off the bench.

"The other thing he gives us is a big-time defensive presence," Hoiberg said. "We can get out and trap ball screens with him because of his ability to move. There are not a lot of big bodies that move as well as he does." Dwyane Wade also said that Felicio is "really growing," and the big man is starting to establish himself as the closing center in the fourth quarter over Robin Lopez. He's averaging 6.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 18.9 minutes per game in January, but he's someone to monitor in deeper leagues going forward.
Jan 16 - 11:08 AM

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg encouraged Doug McDermott to shoot with confidence before Sunday's game vs. Memphis.

"The big thing for Doug is to trust it," Hoiberg said. "We have a lot of confidence in Doug. Everyone in this organization does. He needs to continue to take them when they’re there. We need him to make shots. When he and Nikola [Mirotic] are shooting the ball well, we generally play well.’’ McDermott responded with a career-high 31 points in the win over the Grizzlies after a brutal four-game slump, but McBuckets is just a 3-point specialist in standard leagues until he proves that he can string several good performances together.
Jan 16 - 10:01 AM

Doug McDermott scored 20 of his career-high 31 points during in the second quarter of Sunday's road win in Charlotte, finishing 9-of-16 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line.

McDermott caught fire in the first half and helped the Bulls escape with a 108-104 road win, benefiting from extra minutes with Nikola Mirotic (illness) unavailable tonight. The third-year SF out of Creighton has had some nice moments over the past month, but tonight's eruption (against a tough Grizzlies' defense) doesn't necessarily make him worth owning. He added six boards, one steal and one block tonight, but for standard-league purposes he's only worth owning if you need a 3-point specialist.
Jan 16 - 12:18 AM

Cristiano Felicio came off the Bulls' bench on Sunday with four points, one rebound and one steal in 11 minutes.

The Bulls' backup big man was poked in the eye tonight, requiring some attention from team trainers. We're leaving him off the injury report, but deep-league owners should keep an eye out for updates.
Jan 16 - 12:13 AM

Robin Lopez had another strong game on Sunday with 12 points, seven boards, two assists and three blocks in 37 minutes.

Lopez helped his team earn a tough 108-104 win in Memphis. The Bulls scored a season-low 14 points in the first quarter tonight, but they recovered with a season-high 38 points in the second quarter. The Jekyll and Hyde performance didn't continue in the second half, during which they scored 56 points, and the Bulls' win leaves them just ahead of Charlotte for the No. 8 seed.
Jan 16 - 12:05 AM


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