Player News - Bulls

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Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Cristiano Felicio (bruised tailbone) was unable to practice on Tuesday due to soreness.

Felicio has missed three straight games. However, the Bulls don't play again until Thursday, so he has two full days to rest. If Felicio is unable to play on Thursday, Joffrey Lauvergne will continue to serve as Robin Lopez's backup.
Mar 28 - 1:58 PM

Bobby Portis vanished on Sunday with just four points and two rebounds in 13 minutes of action, finishing 2-of-6 from the field with no other stats.

Portis was averaging 15.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in his previous four games, so this was a serious letdown for his owners. Nikola Mirotic blew up tonight with 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting, which led directly to Portis' limited playing time. He should fare better vs. the Cavs on Thursday.
Mar 26 - 6:17 PM

Rajon Rondo racked up 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, nine rebounds, nine assists, one 3-pointer and one steal in 34 minutes on Sunday, as the Bulls ran away with a win in Milwaukee.

Rondo has scored double-digit points in consecutive games just once in March, but he's been solid in other areas with averages of 3.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals. He's even hitting 1.4 triples per game on 51.5 percent from deep this month, and is knocking down 83.3 percent of his free throws (albeit on very few attempts). He could cool off at a moment's notice, but the playing time should be there with Chicago chasing a playoff spot.
Mar 26 - 6:16 PM

Jimmy Butler dished out a career-high 14 assists vs. the Bucks on Sunday, adding 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, one 3-pointer, six rebounds and three steals in 39 minutes.

The Bucks threw plenty of double-teams at Butler tonight, daring other guys to beat them, and Jimmy's teammates rose to the challenge -- the Bulls shot 54.1 percent tonight. "Nine more [games], right?," Butler asked before the game. "We gotta have 'em. As we said before the game, as we'll say tomorrow, and the day after that, probably the day after that. We gotta have 'em." He's doing his part with double-digit assists in three straight games, to the delight of his fantasy owners.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 26 - 6:15 PM

Nikola Mirotic sank 11-of-14 shots vs. Milwaukee on Sunday, tying his season high with 28 points to go along with six 3-pointers, eight rebounds and one assist in 35 minutes.

Mirotic is averaging 23.7 points in his past three games, showing some offensive consistency at the end of a maddeningly up-and-down season. He's had strong finishes before in his career and is playing with visible confidence, so you might as well deploy him and hope he stays hot. Just don't be surprised if he posts the occasional dud over Chicago's final eight games.
Mar 26 - 6:14 PM

Robin Lopez bounced back on Sunday with 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting, five rebounds, two assists, one block and zero turnovers in 28 minutes.

Cristiano Felicio (back) was out of commission again and the Bulls desperately needed RoLo to give them solid minutes, so his efficiency was a welcome surprise. He was coming off a dreadful game in which he scored one point and collected one rebound in 18 minutes, and his true value lies somewhere in between these two extremes.
Mar 26 - 6:10 PM

Cristiano Felicio (tailbone) will not play on Sunday against the Bucks.

The Bulls may have missed Felicio on Friday after they gave up 70 points in the paint to the 76ers. With Felicio out, it'll be Joffrey Lauvergne backing up Robin Lopez, who was terrible on Friday with just one point. Felicio may have value in deep leagues upon his return.
Mar 25 - 2:33 PM

Jimmy Butler scored 36 points with seven rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and no turnovers in 42 minutes during a 117-107 loss to the 76ers on Friday.

The Bulls are a total mess and Butler was probably in this game for too long despite how the 76ers had it locked up in the fourth. Butler's assists are soaring over his last two with a 12-dime game coming on Wednesday, and at this point coach Fred Hoiberg has no choice but to go with Jimmy overload. Hoiberg did mention the lack of effort on his team, as well. "For us to play with that type of effort at this type of year is maddening," Hoiberg said. The Bulls are fading fast, but expect Butler to dominate as long as the Bulls have a chance at the postseason.
Mar 25 - 1:36 AM

Rajon Rondo scored four points with four rebounds, five assists and four steals in 21 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

He had some interesting comments after the game when he was asked what went wrong. "Everything," Rondo said. "Obviously, it gets magnified when you lose to Philly or a team you’re supposed to beat. But it’s been the same pretty much all year." Sounds about right. Rondo is what he is as a volatile fantasy asset.
Mar 25 - 1:27 AM

Nikola Mirotic scored 15 points with four rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

He seems to have his minutes locked down, but it's never a lock when coach Fred Hoiberg is calling the shots. The Bulls continue to be attacked relentlessly inside and some of that is on Mirotic. He's playing well enough to be owned in standard leagues, but just know the bad games are coming.
Mar 25 - 1:25 AM

Robin Lopez returned from his one-game suspension with one point, one rebound and one block in 18 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

The Bulls were absolutely smashed in the paint, giving up 70 points to just 30 on their end. Lopez is usually a solid defender inside, but there hasn't been much to his fantasy value all season anyway.
Mar 25 - 1:21 AM

Joffrey Lauvergne scored four points with four rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes off the bench against the 76ers on Friday.

He is not going to play much when the Bulls are healthy. Lauvergne is not a fantasy option.
Mar 25 - 1:14 AM

Bobby Portis scored 17 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer against the 76ers on Friday.

The Bulls rotation is an absolute mess, so who knows how much Portis will play? Nikola Mirotic is still playing somewhat well, so Portis is likely only going to be in the low 20s for his next time out. He's not really worth owning right now.
Mar 25 - 1:12 AM

Cristiano Felicio (bruised tailbone) will not play Friday vs. the Sixers.

This will be the second straight game Felicio has missed after landing awkwardly on his back in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors. Fortunately for the Bulls, Robin Lopez returns from suspension on Friday. RoLo will be backed up by Joffrey Lauvergne.
Mar 24 - 12:07 PM

Nikola Mirotic said he is determined to salvage this season with a strong finish.

"All season it was going a little bit up and down, but it's not how you start a season, it's how you finish it," Mirotic said. "For me, it's very important to have a strong finish." He is coming off a season-high 28 points on Wednesday, but fantasy owners have learned the hard way that it is perilous to trust Mirotic. He has not scored more than 15 points in consecutive games since the third and fourth games of the season.
Mar 24 - 10:40 AM


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