Player News - Bulls

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Bobby Portis went berserk off the bench against the 76ers on Thursday, scoring a career-high 38 points with eight rebounds, two assists and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

Those 3-pointers were a career-high and he only turned the ball over one time while taking a whopping 26 shots from the field. Portis is likely going to stay on the bench for the foreseeable future, but that's OK as this gem ranks second for points off the bench in a single game behind 6MOY favorite Lou Williams (40, twice). Portis needs to be owned in all leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:48 PM

Zach LaVine scored 23 points with three rebounds, four assists and five 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

He's looked great in all aspects of scoring with his season-high triples in this game and a career-high 10 free throws back on Feb. 9. The Bulls have not decided if LaVine will be cleared for back-to-back sets, but he is certainly playing like a guy that shouldn't have limitations right now. Coach Fred Hoiberg already confirmed this lineup will start again on Saturday.
Feb 22 - 10:45 PM

Cameron Payne scored seven points with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

He said he wanted to go 25-0 the rest of the way, but that won't be happening after an epic collapse in the final minute -- Payne wasn't on the floor for that, though. Payne is going to continue to see around 20 minutes behind Kris Dunn, and this was a solid season debut for him on the whole. He's still more of a stream in deep leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:43 PM

Kris Dunn made 2-of-11 from the field for five points with four rebounds, five assists and two steals in 28 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

He had some defensive issues against Ben Simmons and he did make just 2-of-10 from two-point range. Dunn is not going to be on a minutes limit going forward and chances are Cameron Payne won't eat into his playing time too much. Dunn should still be viewed as a must-start player in standard leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:42 PM

David Nwaba scored a career-high 21 points during a start with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, three 3-pointers and six fouls in 33 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

Not a bad line before fouling out. Nwaba also played his usual hard-nosed defense and he helped set the tempo for the Bulls in transition. We've seen him heat up before and coach Fred Hoiberg trusts him against top-notch perimeter players, so the minutes should be there for him. We don't know if Justin Holiday is going to be a DNP-CD the rest of the way, so Nwaba is more of a look in standard leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:38 PM

Noah Vonleh scored three points with seven rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

The minutes are probably going to be there for Vonleh and the Bulls second unit was effective. Even if Robin Lopez continues to sit, Vonleh is still likely going to be the fourth big man in this rotation, so he won't offer enough upside.
Feb 22 - 10:37 PM

Cristiano Felicio scored five points in the starting lineup for Robin Lopez (rest), adding three rebounds and one turnover in 12 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

Coach Fred Hoiberg said he wanted to see Felicio make simple plays and run the floor, and he came through in that regard. Of course, the star of the show was Bobby Portis, who played mostly center in this close game. Felicio will likely only have deep-league value.
Feb 22 - 10:34 PM

Denzel Valentine scored eight points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

Before the game started, coach Fred Hoiberg said he considered Valentine a new potential leader for the Bulls in the second half of the season. Although, his mistakes late were brutal and that could be a factor for Hoiberg the next time he has to make a lineup call in the fourth quarter. That aside, Valentine did close this game out and he could see even more run with Paul Zipser (foot) getting hurt. He's worth a look in 12-team leagues, but for now David Nwaba looks like the hotter pickup.
Feb 22 - 10:32 PM

Paul Zipser (left foot pain) will not return on Thursday against the 76ers.

He doesn't have a history of foot injuries, but getting ruled out isn't a great sign. The Bulls were expected to give him more minutes going forward, but now that playing time could go to Denzel Valentine and David Nwaba.
Feb 22 - 9:36 PM

Justin Holiday will not play on Thursday against the 76ers.

He's not even going to be in uniform, so this is a plot twist from the Bulls saying he'd be in the rotation. The easy analysis here is that Holiday is now a drop candidate in most leagues because his minutes will be cut back. David Nwaba, Denzel Valentine and Zach LaVine should soak up more minutes on the wings tonight and going forward.
Feb 22 - 6:24 PM

Justin Holiday will remain in the rotation on Thursday vs. the 76ers.

The Bulls are benching him along with Robin Lopez, but unlike Lopez, Holiday is still expected to see some backup minutes on the wing. He's a drop candidate, but feel free to see what the rotation looks like tonight before making any roster moves.
Feb 22 - 1:06 PM

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed that Robin Lopez will be a healthy scratch on Thursday vs. the 76ers.

We speculated earlier that Lopez wouldn't play at all, but now we have confirmation. He's safe to drop in fantasy leagues and there is no telling when or if he will be back in the rotation later on. Cristiano Felicio and Lauri Markkanen will start with Bobby Portis and Noah Vonleh backing them up.
Feb 22 - 1:05 PM

Justin Holiday will come off the bench on Thursday vs. the 76ers.

This was confirmed by executive vice president John Paxson. David Nwaba will enter the starting lineup in Holiday's place and it's possible that he falls completely out of the rotation for the time being. He can be cut in most leagues, though it's not a bad idea to see how Thursday's game goes first.
Feb 22 - 10:25 AM

Robin Lopez will come off the bench on Thursday vs. the 76ers.

The Bulls are embracing the youth movement and will move Cristiano Felicio into the starting five. Lopez can be dropped in standard leagues and may even fall completely out of the rotation if the Bulls decide to give Bobby Portis the backup center minutes. We'll find out soon enough.
Feb 22 - 10:23 AM

John Paxson said he'll talk to the Bulls' medical staff about whether or not Zach LaVine can be cleared for back-to-back sets this season.

The Bulls do have five more back-to-back sets this season, so it would be nice if owners wouldn't have to concern themselves with LaVine missing random games during the fantasy playoffs. LaVine was ballin' in the five games headed into the All-Star break with averages of 22.4 points, 5.2 boards, 2.6 dimes, 2.2 triples, 1.2 steals and just 1.4 turnovers per game, so he should have a strong finish to the year.
Feb 20 - 6:01 PM


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