Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:

Taj Gibson (foot) said he's been playing through sore left ankle for a while.

This is the same ankle he had surgery on back in the offseason. Gibson suffered a foot strain on Wednesday, which is likely due from the ankle injury and compensation. Gibson played through ankle pain last year and it backfired on him, so the Bulls might be careful here. It's not a bad idea to grab Bobby Portis until Taj is cleared to play.
Feb 10 - 11:47 PM

Derrick Rose (soreness) returned during a 113-90 loss to the Hawks on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

The Bulls were down in the locker room and are clinging to a playoff spot right now. "Hopefully this break gives us a little time to get away from it," Rose said. "We got 30 games left and we got to decide whether we want to play or not." Rose has said some odd things this year and this is one of them. He might rest in more games going forward, especially with the Bulls not playing well.
Feb 10 - 11:45 PM

E'Twaun Moore was disappointing in his 29 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday, scoring eight points with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and four turnovers.

He was 4-of-10 from the field and missed his only attempt from deep. Mike Dunleavy doesn't have the all clear for minutes and probably won't while Jimmy Butler (knee) is out 3-4 weeks, so Moore should have value for the rest of this month. His value will drop after that, though.
Feb 10 - 11:39 PM

Doug McDermott scored 17 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

He turned in one of his best games in a long time. McDermott is going to get some minutes while Jimmy Butler is out, but he's only really worth a look in points leagues due to low multiple-category upside.
Feb 10 - 11:36 PM

Bobby Portis scored 12 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one block against the Hawks on Wednesday.

Taj Gibson (foot) was limping around after the game and the Bulls are losing a number of guys right now. Portis would potentially be looking at big minutes in the event Gibson needs to miss time, so he makes sense as a speculative add until Taj gets the all clear.
Feb 10 - 11:35 PM

Mike Dunleavy played 11 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday with two points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.

He is likely going to have a minutes cap on him for the rest of the month. Dunleavy is only a stash in deep leagues for now.
Feb 10 - 11:31 PM

Taj Gibson suffered a strained left foot and will not return on Wednesday.

It didn't look bad, but foot injuries can be troublesome. Gibson did not look great in his 22 minutes, scoring four points with three rebounds, one assist and two steals. Considering how razor thin the Bulls would be if Taj is out, Bobby Portis makes a lot of sense as a speculative add for owners with something to cut.
Feb 10 - 9:59 PM

Mike Dunleavy (back) will start Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

The Bulls will go with a starting lineup of Derrick Rose, E'Twuan Moore, Dunleavy, Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol for Wednesday's game. Dunleavy isn't likely to log much more than 15 minutes tonight, so there's no reason to activate him in any league.

Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) is "still in a lot of pain," and remains without an official timetable to return, according to head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Hoiberg added that Mirotic's return to the court is currently being measured in weeks and not days, and that he's lost 15 pounds due to complications of the surgery. It doesn't sound like he'll be back on the court any time soon, and Taj Gibson will be the primary beneficiary in his absence as Chicago's unquestioned starting power forward. Bobby Portis will also continue to see his minutes in the 20s, although that's not enough time for him to make a difference in standard formats.
Feb 10 - 12:24 PM

Derrick Rose (soreness) will play Wednesday vs. the Hawks, as expected.

Rose sat out Monday's loss to the Hornets with general "soreness," but he was never in any real danger of missing tonight's game vs. Atlanta. Rose has posted an elite usage rate of 33.0 sans Jimmy Butler (knee), so go ahead and get him active. Kirk Hinrich will return to the bench with Rose back in the starting lineup, and there will be less minutes available for Aaron Brooks.
Feb 10 - 12:14 PM

Mike Dunleavy (back) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

Dunleavy's minutes will likely be constrained to the low-teens tonight, so he's not a great play in most leagues.
Feb 10 - 11:57 AM

Derrick Rose (soreness) is expected to play Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

He's not on the team's injury report, and only missed Monday's game due to "soreness," so he should be out there. Rose owns a usage rate of 33.0 sans Jimmy Butler, so he's going to be a major part of everything Chicago does over the next 3-4 weeks with Butler (knee) on the sidelines. Kirk Hinrich will head back to the bench with Rose active.
Feb 9 - 5:09 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol has been named Jimmy Butler's (knee) replacement for the All-Star game.

While you could argue guys like Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker were deserving of an All-Star bid, it's hard to argue against Pau. He's having another elite season with averages of 17.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 blocks per game.

Jimmy Butler (knee) will miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left knee.

Butler's knee injury was worse than expected and fantasy owners will now be without Butler until what sounds like the beginning of March at the earliest. While Butler is worth holding in standard leagues for now, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott, and Mike Dunleavy will all see extra minutes, with Moore being the priority add in all fantasy leagues.

E'Twaun Moore scored 12 points during a 108-91 loss to the Hornets on Monday, adding three rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

He was basically the second option in the first unit with Derrick Rose (soreness) and Jimmy Butler (knee) out for tonight. Moore likely only has one more chance to put up a big game on Wednesday, so he's not the greatest fantasy add unless you're dropping dead weight.
Feb 8 - 9:39 PM


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