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Coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for Rajon Rondo on Friday.

Hoiberg and Rondo had a rocky relationship for much of the season, but the coach gave a strong endorsement of his point guard after the Bulls were eliminated on Friday. "Obviously we played great basketball with Rajon toward the end of the season," Hoiberg said. "I love Rondo. I love coaching him. I love everything about the kid. He was so good to have out there on the floor." Jimmy Butler also stated he wants the Bulls to pick up Rondo's team option. "Of course," Butler said. "He's been huge for us this year."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 29 - 11:03 AM

Following the Bulls season-ending loss on Friday night, Dwyane Wade said he was unsure if he would exercise his player option and return to Chicago next season.

Wade struggled in Game 6, scoring just two points on 1-of-10 shooting. His two points tied a career-low for the postseason. Wade has a $23.8 million player option for the 2017-18 campaign. "I'm far away from that now, just got through this 14th NBA season," Wade said when asked about his upcoming decision. "If I'm not winning a championship, I'm never satisfied. But you take things out of the season and see what you could have done better individually." It will be a very interesting offseason in Chicago.
Apr 29 - 10:50 AM

Jimmy Butler scored 23 points during a season-ending 105-83 blowout loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding seven rebounds, three steals and three turnovers.

He was hobbling throughout this game. On top of knee soreness, Butler also hurt his back and may have tweaked an ankle. He said the injuries were no excuses with any of the injuries and Butler said the Bulls didn't play to the Celtics' weaknesses. When asked about getting some clarity from the front office, Butler said he didn't know and he wanted to think about it. He also said "of course" when asked if he wants Dwyane Wade to stay, and he'll talk to Wade "when the time comes." He's an absolute superstar and just won't have much help on this current roster. He'll be in the mix as a first-round pick in fantasy next year.
Apr 28 - 11:20 PM

Dwyane Wade scored two points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and no turnovers in a blowout loss to the Celtics on Friday.

Yuck. Wade just looked gassed out there after he said he was comfortable in his role at the point. He'll have a player option for next year, and after the game he said he didn't want to address that topic. The Bulls are really in a pickle as a franchise and missed a golden opportunity to rebuild this season. Wade has lost a lot of youth and athleticism, but the first-ballot Hall of Fame guard can still play ball when he's rested.
Apr 28 - 11:12 PM

Isaiah Canaan scored nine points with one assist and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

After a 3-pointer in the first half, Canaan was actually talking trash to Isaiah Thomas. Needless to say, Thomas won the battle of the Isaiahs. Canaan isn't a lock to be in an NBA rotation next year, but he was encouraging in the postseason. Despite his three starts in the postseason, it would be a massive surprise to see him get any starting consideration next year.
Apr 28 - 11:06 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored five points with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

Yeah, not great with only 11 points in the final two games of this series. Despite being a headache for most of the season, Mirotic was able to turn in solid months in March and April. Mirotic will head into restricted free agency and said he liked playing in Chicago. He is already 26 years old, so it's not a given he'll improve in his fourth season.
Apr 28 - 11:04 PM

Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rajon Rondo (thumb) remains out for Game 6 Friday vs. Boston and is unlikely to play in a potential Game 7.

Isaiah Canaan will draw another start on Friday. He is averaging 13.0 points and 1.5 assists in 35.1 minutes over the last two games. With Jimmy Butler bothered by a sore knee, Hoiberg may again have to ask Dwyane Wade, and even Paul Zipser, to bring the ball up at times.
Apr 28 - 12:48 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) only "did a little" at shootaround but, as expected, will play in Game 6 Friday night vs. Boston.

Butler and the Bulls have acknowledged that he's dealing with some soreness in his left knee. It is believed the injury was initially suffered during a collision last Sunday. After getting to the free throw line 23 times in Game 4, Butler attempted only one free throw in Game 5. Also, he had just two field goal attempts in the fourth quarter of Game 5. Chicago will likely need Butler to be extra aggressive if they want to stay alive. The question is whether or not the knee issue is hampering his ability to attack.
Apr 28 - 12:35 PM

Rajon Rondo (thumb) is listed as out for Game 6 against the Celtics on Friday.

This isn't a surprise after Rondo said his thumb was still broken before Game 5. Assuming there are not any changes, Isaiah Canaan will look to build off his 35.0 minutes per game over his last two, scoring 13 points in each. Wade's time at the point has also gone way up, but the Bulls really need to get Jimmy Butler going.
Apr 27 - 6:55 PM

Dwyane Wade said he felt better as a point guard in Game 5 against the Celtics.

Isaiah Canaan started and played off the ball to allow the extra touches for Wade. "Now that I'm the point guard, it has to be led by me," Wade said. He's not kidding either. In Game 5, Wade had a time of possession with the ball of 6.4 minutes. In the first 4 games, it was just 3.1 minutes. Wade also went off in Game 5 with 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists during his 35 minutes. While his defense wasn't really there, he should have ample opportunity to have another strong offensive game on Friday.
Apr 27 - 3:52 PM

Jimmy Butler has been playing through a left knee issue.

He reportedly picked up the injury in Game 4 when he collided with a Celtics player. "I'm good. Everyone's a little nicked up," Butler said. "I'll be all right." Butler seemed fine in Game 5 on Thursday up until the fourth quarter, as he only attempted two shots in that frame and didn't have his usual lift. He has been playing 41.4 minutes per game in this series, but with Chicago's season on the line, expect another massive workload in Game 6 on Friday even if he's less than 100 percent.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 27 - 9:41 AM

Dwyane Wade went off for 26 points (7-of-18 FGs, 10-of-10 FTs), 11 rebounds, eight assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes during Wednesday's tough road loss in Boston.

Wade has never triple-doubled in the playoffs, and his near-miss tonight wasn't enough for the Bulls to avoid falling into a 3-2 hole. Rajon Rondo is a "longshot" to return this series due to his fractured thumb, according to coach Fred Hoiberg, so the Bulls will be relying even more on Wade's playmaking. They simply can't afford to play him fewer than 32+ minutes per game, which buoys his DFS value.
Apr 26 - 11:33 PM

Jerian Grant was a healthy DNP-CD on Wednesday.

Grant was awful in five minutes during Chicago's Game 4 loss, and he didn't play in the second half, so his disappearance tonight is no surprise. The Bulls wound up giving heavy minutes to starter Isaiah Canaan while running without a pure PG when he was off the court -- Michael Carter-Williams lasted just two scoreless minutes before getting yanked from the rotation.
Apr 26 - 11:32 PM

Anthony Morrow made his postseason debut on Wednesday with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, two rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes.

The Bulls' lack of perimeter shooting has been an issue all season, and coach Fred Hoiberg finally dusted Morrow off tonight. He didn't attempt a 3-pointer but his presence on the court gave Chicago some necessary court-spacing. We anticipate him playing a similar role in Game 6.
Apr 26 - 11:29 PM

Isaiah Canaan started Wednesday's Game 5 defeat in Boston and finished with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

Canaan was the Bulls' best PG during Game 4, with Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams both struggling in limited minutes, so this was an obvious lineup tweak from the Bulls. Fred Hoiberg said he started Canaan for defensive purposes, and Isaiah Thomas did struggle early with Chicago's physicality, finishing 6-of-17 from the field, but the Celtics' star turned it up late. All signs point to Canaan playing a similarly big role during Friday's must-win home game.
Apr 26 - 11:28 PM


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