Player News - Bulls

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Nikola Mirotic (left quad strain) had a limp following Monday's game against the Bucks

He also had swelling in his knee and may have suffered a concussion. Mirotic had treatment and was able to limp around under his own power. He said he's a little concerned about his leg, but the good news is that the Bulls are off until Thursday. If he's out, Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy and Jimmy Butler will play a little more.
Apr 20 - 11:15 PM

Jimmy Butler put the Bulls on his back during a 91-82 win over the Bucks on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 31 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

Nobody else on the Bulls played well for the entire game on offense, but Butler came to the rescue. He put the whole arsenal on display tonight and the Bucks had no answer for him. Also, the Bulls played Nikola Mirotic at the four more, so that gave Butler more minutes compared to his 35 in Game 1. He'll likely log over 40 in Game 3 on Thursday.
Apr 20 - 11:09 PM

Joakim Noah grabbed 19 boards against the Bucks on Monday with six points, five assists and one block in 32 minutes.

Noah is just owning the paint right now and he was just one off his career playoff high of 20 boards. The Bucks scored just 36 points in the paint and only one Buck had more than six boards (Giannis Antetokounmpo). Noah's knee/hamstring injury is behind him and he'll be looking at minutes in the 30s as long as he stays healthy.
Apr 20 - 11:05 PM

Taj Gibson played just 11 minutes against the Bucks on Monday with one rebound, three blocks and three turnovers.

It wasn't his best game at all and coach Tom Thibodeau went with Nikola Mirotic at the four. If Mirotic's leg injury is going to cost him time, there should be more minutes going to Gibson. For now, it's tough to expect more than 20 minutes.
Apr 20 - 11:01 PM

Derrick Rose scored all 15 points in the second half against the Bucks on Monday, adding seven boards, nine assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

He looked great out there, but his shot selection was not where it should be in the first half. Rose looks as athletic as ever and his passing was much better tonight, too. Additionally, his 38 minutes are a great sign for him and he might be at 40 minutes by the time the Cleveland series comes around.
Apr 20 - 10:55 PM

Nikola Mirotic suffered a leg injury on Monday against the Bucks and did not return.

He walked to the locker room under his own power after bumping into O.J. Mayo. Mirotic was checked out on the bench before going to the locker room. There was only one minute left in the game, so maybe he's not dealing with anything major. He finished with eight points, four boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.
Apr 20 - 10:28 PM

Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Bucks in Game 2.

Hinrich was also ruled out of Game 1, and although he was thought to be improving, he hasn't made enough progress to get back into action. With Derrick Rose hooping and Aaron Brooks backing him up, Hinrich's availability doesn't seem to matter much anyway.
Apr 20 - 12:07 PM

Taj Gibson said his right knee is "fine," and he's expected to play in Game 2 against the Bucks on Monday.

Gibson added that he could have returned to action on Saturday if needed, but the game was already in hand. All signs are pointing towards Gibson being available for Game 2 on Monday, so those in playoff fantasy leagues can go ahead and plan on having him active. Nikola Mirotic won't log quite as many minutes with Gibson in the rotation.
Apr 19 - 2:37 PM

Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Kirk Hinrich (knee) is improving, but he's unsure about his status for Game 2 against the Bucks on Monday.

Tony Snell will pick up most of Hinrich's reserve minutes if he's again unable to go on Monday, but he's not going to see enough floor time to matter in any league.
Apr 19 - 2:32 PM

Head coach Tom Thibodeau praised Derrick Rose and said that all of his injuries have just made him stronger.

"Obviously, we're a much better team with Derrick," Thibodeau said. "He has been through a grind. We're very pleased to have him back. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a long run of health for him. Time does go by quickly. You're talking about a guy who is sort of now in the middle of his career. He has been through a lot. Early on, you're 22 and the MVP of the league and there weren't many bumps in the road. He has hit a few bumps and gotten through those. The fact he has, I think, has made him stronger." Rose was excellent in a win vs. the Bucks on Saturday with 23 points, seven assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers, and it didn't look his knees were an issue at all. He will look to to keep building momentum in Game 2 on Monday.
Apr 19 - 9:33 AM

Derrick Rose looked 100 percent during a 103-91 win over the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 23 points with seven assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

He made 9-of-16 from the field and made the most of the Bucks not bringing double-teams to him. Rose said multiple times in the post-game interview on ESPN that he had open looks because the Bucks didn't double, so expect that message to be received loud and clear in Game 2 on Monday. Of course, Rose looking great tonight is a top-five story from the day.
Apr 18 - 10:11 PM

Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 25 points against the Bucks on Saturday with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 8-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line in 35 minutes.

He wasn't in foul trouble and the Bulls having some depth in their frontcourt may have taken away a couple minutes from Butler. Of course, his increased efficiency and usage rate offset the decrease in playing time. The Bulls are going to be a dangerous team with Butler making his case for the Most Improved Player this season.
Apr 18 - 10:08 PM

Joakim Noah played 35 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with six points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and two turnovers.

Coach Tom Thibodeau stuck with his nine-man rotation tonight and Noah was still able to get big minutes. Taj Gibson did have an injury, but Noah was still on track to see a major increase in playing time from his 29.1 minutes per game in his previous 10. He should be in the 35-38 minute neighborhood as long as he's healthy. Pau Gasol didn't play very well in this game, making 5-of-17 from the field for 10 points with 13 boards, four assists and three blocks.
Apr 18 - 10:03 PM

Nikola Mirotic played 13 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with five points, five boards, one assist and one 3-pointer.

He played most of his minutes at small forward tonight, which continues to be a problem area for him. Taj Gibson did have a minor knee strain issue, but there's been no concern since the game ended. Mirotic will be seeing playing time in the teens while the Bulls are healthy.
Apr 18 - 9:57 PM

Taj Gibson suffered a strained right knee on Saturday night and did not return.

He was riding a stationary bike towards the end of the game and said he's fine. At this point, Gibson should be ready to go against the Bucks on Monday. If for some reason he's not, Nikola Mirotic would likely shift over to the power forward spot more often. Gibson finished with eight points, 11 boards, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes.
Apr 18 - 9:30 PM


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