Player News - Bulls

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Joakim Noah returned to action on Friday November 28.

Nov 29 - 2:46 AM

Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 22 points against the Celtics during a 109-102 win on Friday with three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 41 minutes.

He is a legitimate weapon on offense and the Bulls were even using him as a roll man in pick-and-roll sets with Derrick Rose. Butler also looked great in post-up plays despite making just 6-of-15 from the field tonight. He is getting to the line more than anyone could have ever expected and looks like the steal of fantasy drafts.
Nov 28 - 4:13 PM

Joakim Noah was dominant on both ends of the court against the Celtics on Friday, scoring 15 points with 14 boards, six assists and six blocks in 35 minutes.

He hit a clutch open jumper at the top of the key to give the Bulls a two-possession lead with 24 seconds left in the game. Noah played suffocating defense as well, and looked very healthy after missing Tuesday's game. His owners will have to keep an eye out on his knee injury and he could miss games in the future, but he should be good to go for Sunday against the Nets.
Nov 28 - 4:06 PM

Nikola Mirotic blocked a career-high five shots against the Celtics on Friday with 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

It was easily his best game on the defensive end and he wasn't too shabby on offense either, making 4-of-6 from the field. With Doug McDermott looking lost, Mirotic should get minutes in the high 20s while Taj Gibson (ankle) is out. He's worth owning in standard leagues for short-term value.
Nov 28 - 4:01 PM

Derrick Rose scored 21 points in 28 minutes against the Celtics during a win on Friday with four rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

Of course, he wasn't unscathed in this game. Rose took a charge and was gimpy for a a couple minutes while staying on the court. He also had a minor left hand injury and the training staff was looking at it briefly. He did finish the game and for once we expect him to play against the Nets on Sunday.
Nov 28 - 3:58 PM

Derrick Rose (hamstring) is being listed in the starting lineup, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go Friday vs. the Celtics.

It's all but official that Rose will start Friday, and he has a favorable matchup today vs. the Celtics, so owners can go ahead and get him in their lineups.
Nov 28 - 12:38 PM

Taj Gibson's ankle is feeling much better after a cortisone shot, but he won't play on Friday and he doesn't sound likely to be ready for Sunday's game, either.

It sounds like he's getting close, but with Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol both playing today, Nikola Mirotic is a long shot at having a big day.
Nov 28 - 12:20 PM

Joakim Noah says he'll play through his eye and knee injuries on Friday.

Taj Gibson is still not ready due to his ankle injury, but is feeling better after a cortisone shot. Get Noah in your lineup.
Nov 28 - 12:18 PM

Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) will go through shootaround, and if he feels fine, he will play according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

Noah's return to the starting lineup would send rookie Cameron Bairston back to the bench. He was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, so things are looking positive towards him giving it a go. Stay tuned.
Nov 28 - 11:52 AM

Derrick Rose (hamstring) will go through warm ups on Friday, and if there are no issues, he will be "good to go" according to Tom Thibodeau.

Rose is being listed as probable and has a favorable matchup vs. the Celtics, but owners will want to check back for an official update after shootaround. Stay tuned.
Nov 28 - 11:46 AM

Jimmy Butler reportedly turned down a four-year, $40 million-plus offer from the Bulls after seeing Klay Thompson land a max four-year, $70 million deal with the Warriors.

Butler said he was "gambling on myself," with regards to his decision to test the market as a restricted free agent this offseason, and he's looking like a guy trying to get paid. Butler has entered the conversation as an elite player in the league, averaging 21.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game (all career-highs) while shooting 50 percent from the field. Butler is currently ranked as the seventh-best player in fantasy hoops, and owners that gambled on him in the middle rounds should be cautious not to pull a muscle while patting themselves on the back.
Nov 28 - 10:30 AM

Kirk Hinrich (chest) is probable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

Hinrich was able to play during the Bulls' last game, so it would be a bit surprising if he were to sit out on Friday. However, with Derrick Rose (hamstring tightness) also being listed as probable, Hinrich doesn't make for a very attractive option in most leagues.
Nov 27 - 7:09 PM

Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

Noah was able to go through a full practice on Thursday without any setbacks, and the Bulls listing him as probable is an encouraging sign. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update closer to Friday's tip. If Noah is a go, Cameron Bairstow who was a surprise start on Tuesday would head back to the bench.
Nov 27 - 7:05 PM

Derrick Rose (hamstring tightness) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. Boston.

Rose has said that he was targeting Friday, so things are looking positive towards him giving it a go. If Rose does indeed play, Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks won't be worth using in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
Nov 27 - 7:00 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play Friday vs. the Celtics.

With Gibson out, Nikola Mirotic could see some extended minutes off the bench. However, Mirotic was only able to muster 20.8 minutes of action during his last outing with both Gibson and Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) sidelined, so there's no certainty that he will see major minutes.
Nov 27 - 6:50 PM


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