Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Kirk Hinrich is fully healthy, and that his playing time has been a matchup based decision.

Apparently Thibodeau doesn't like that matchup, as Hinrich has been a negligible part of the Bulls' rotations through the past two games. With Derrick Rose, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell all healthy and ahead of him in the rotation, he's not going to earn enough minutes to matter in fantasy leagues.
Apr 26 - 3:24 PM

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that everyone came out of Game 4 fine health wise, and Nikola Mirotic (knee) "should be good" for Game 5 on Monday.

Mirotic didn't play very well in his return to action on Saturday, scoring just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer through 20 minutes of action. The minutes, however, were encouraging and we'd expect him to pick up his play on Monday.
Apr 26 - 2:38 PM

Derrick Rose took the blame for Chicago's Game 4 loss to the Bucks on Saturday after he allowed Jerryd Bayless to have an open layup under the basket in the closing seconds of the game.

"I put that all on me," Rose said. "I wasn't paying attention. I don't feel bad for myself, I feel bad for my teammates. Knowing that we could've forced overtime. I messed things up, but I swear I'm good for it." Rose was pretty reckless throughout the game and finished with eight turnovers to go with his 14 points, five boards, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers. The Bulls lead the Bucks 3-1, but Rose is going to have to step it up before Milwaukee gains any more momentum
Source: USA Today
Apr 26 - 9:36 AM

Nikola Mirotic (knee) said that he wasn't 100 percent in Game 4 against the Bucks on Saturday, but he is happy with the way his body held up.

Mirotic was held out of Game 3 and it looked like he was going to spend some quality time on the shelf, so it was definitely surprising to see him return so soon. He didn't play very well on Saturday as he scored just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer, but the good news is that it looks like he will be fine moving forward. Expect a better performance in Game 5 on Monday.
Apr 26 - 9:28 AM

Jimmy Butler was the best player on the court during a Game 4 92-90 loss to the Bucks on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 33 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

In four 2015 playoff games, he's set a new career high for scoring three times, which is crazy considering he played in 20 postseason games before last week. Butler made 12-of-17 from the field and was red hot in the third quarter, but the Bulls didn't lean on him nearly as much as they should have in the fourth. That may change in Game 4 on Monday. He's shaping up to be a top-20 pick in fantasy next season.
Apr 25 - 8:49 PM

Nikola Mirotic returned from a one-game absence and played 20 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday, making 2-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

He played most of his minutes at small forward, which continues to be a problem area for him. Mirotic has made just 33.3 percent from the field in the playoffs and is scoring just 6.0 points per game. The good news is that he didn't look hurt today.
Apr 25 - 8:44 PM

Taj Gibson played 25 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with eight points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

Nikola Mirotic didn't take much of his minutes with Taj only losing four from his 29 in Game 3. He'll continue to get minutes in the upper 20s in this series and may even be more important in the next round against the Cavs.
Apr 25 - 8:38 PM
Tony Snell - G/F - Bulls

Tony Snell played just seven minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with no points, two rebounds and one turnover.

Nikola Mirotic returned and played a lot of small forward, so there was not much of an opportunity for the Snelly Cat. He'll continue to be the 8th-10th man in the rotation.
Apr 25 - 8:33 PM

Derrick Rose couldn't keep his momentum going on Saturday against the Bucks, making 5-of-13 from the field for 14 points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and eight turnovers.

He also turned the ball over on the Bulls' last possession and fell asleep on the last play of the game to give up an easy basket to Jerryd Bayless at the buzzer. Rose still had his explosion, but he was careless with his ball handling and shot selection. He didn't quite undo his progress coming from the 34-point game on Thursday, but this game was pretty bad. We'll see what happens on Monday at home.
Apr 25 - 8:29 PM

Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play against the Bucks on Saturday.

He went through a warmup session and was moving around pretty well. This comes as a surprise because Mirotic didn't even run at practice on Friday. Since Derrick Rose has been back and Joakim Noah was active, most of Mirotic's minutes have been at small forward during the regular season, but he's shifted to the four more in the postseason. He'll take away some playing time from Tony Snell and Taj Gibson.
Apr 25 - 4:03 PM

Derrick Rose said he's feeling good heading into Game 4 on Saturday.

He had a minor tweak to his back in the second half and also was fouled very hard late in the game, causing him to remain on the floor for around 15 seconds. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose was in attack mode and the Bulls will want that to continue in their upcoming series against the Cavs. With Jimmy Butler busting out, the Bulls have the ammo to give the Cavs some competition. If Rose has another big game, the buzz for that series will be as high as any.
Apr 24 - 4:23 PM

Nikola Mirotic (knee) was not able to run at practice on Friday.

It doesn't sound like he'll be ready for Game 4 on Saturday. With Mirotic out, his minutes at small forward went to Tony Snell while his minutes at the four went to Taj Gibson. The Bulls have plenty of depth at both forward spots and they'll have four chances to finish off the Bucks, so don't expect the rookie to play in the next couple games.
Apr 24 - 3:42 PM

Taj Gibson is dealing with injuries to his left ankle and left shoulder, but that won't keep him off the court during the Bulls' first-round series with the Bucks.

"It's tough," Gibson said of his injuries. "But you still have to go out there and do your best... It's the playoffs. You can't worry about injuries right now. I'm just trying to be there for my teammates any way I can." After struggling through 11 minutes of action during Game 2, Gibson returned as a key piece to the Bulls' rotation during Game 3, playing 29 minutes and hauling in 10 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic's status is still up in the air for Game 4 on Saturday, so Gibson could again be forced to log significant minutes for the Bulls. He's a low-end option in fantasy leagues.
Apr 24 - 1:36 PM

Derrick Rose was in MVP form during Thursday's double-overtime 113-106 win over the Bucks, scoring 34 points with five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 48 minutes.

It's the most minutes he's played since 2011 and the most points he's had in any game since 2012. Rose also had a playoff career-high five treys tonight and played with a ton of confidence. On top of the offense, Rose was tremendous on defense. All the "He's Back" talk is certainly justified and his body language was like nothing we've ever seen since his first knee injury. The Bulls are just a different team when he's out there right now. In fact, their net rating is 30.8 greater when Rose is on the court compared when he's off. If the Bulls get this kind of Rose the rest of the way, they're certainly going to give the Cavs trouble. The Bulls will look to sweep this series on Saturday.
Apr 24 - 12:01 AM

Jimmy Butler played 53 minutes during a double-overtime win against the Bucks on Thursday with 24 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

He didn't shoot the ball well today, making 8-of-20 from the field. The Bulls clearly had an outside-in approach to their game with Butler and Derrick Rose taking seven of the first nine shots from the field. Considering how unbelievable Rose looked today and the vast improvement from Butler as an isolation scorer this season, the Bulls backcourt may have suddenly become one of the best in the NBA. Butler has averaged 26.7 points per game in this postseason and will likely be in that neighborhood again in Game 4 on Saturday. He'll likely be off the board in the top 20 picks for fantasy drafts next season.
Apr 23 - 11:47 PM


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