Mirotic scored 25 points (8-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding seven rebounds, two assists and a block in 29 minutes during Friday's loss to the Pacers. It's the first time in six games that Mirotic has scored 20 or more points, as his minutes and production have been erratic this month. He's averaging 18.7 points, 8.3 boards, 3.3 assists and 1.7 threes in 31.3 minutes over the last three games, though, and if Mirotic continues to get that kind of court time, he should continue to put up strong numbers.
Mirotic contributed 18 points (6-17 FG, 6-6 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists and a steal over 36 minutes in Friday's 106-94 loss to the Warriors. Mirotic received his highest allotment of minutes since Oct. 30 and utilized them wisely, posting his second double-double of the season. The 24-year-old amassed his numbers in somewhat atypical fashion, tying his season best in rebounds by hauling in 10 boards and going to the charity stripe six times, his second-highest number of free throw attempts this season. Meanwhile, Mirotic was unable to generate anything from beyond the arc over six long-range attempts, typically one of his strong suits. Regardless of how the numbers were amassed, they were a welcome sight for both the Bulls and Mirotic's fantasy owners, as he's only been able to reach double-digit points in four out of the last nine contests.
Mirotic saw only 17 minutes in Monday's win over the Pacers, scoring six points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and providing six rebounds. Mirotic looked to be on the outs for a starting role last week before salvaging his spot with a 20-point, 10-rebound outburst Nov. 9 against the Sixers, but in the Bulls' two games since, he's reverted to underwhelming form. The second-year big man has seen just 40 combined minutes over the last two contests, producing nine points and 13 rebounds while shooting 2-for-10 from the field and 1-for-5 from three-point range. Offense was supposed to be Mirotic's calling card, and since he's not excelling in that capacity right now, it may not be long before coach Fred Hoiberg drops him from the starting lineup in favor of Joakim Noah.
Mirotic scored 20 points (6-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 5-7 FT) and pulled down 10 rebounds with a pair of steals over 28 minutes in Monday's 111-88 victory against the 76ers. Mirotic took full advantage of being placed back in the starting five, pouring in a big second-half performance to help the Bulls rout the 76ers. It's hard to take much out of this game though, being as it was against Philadelphia, but it's a step in the right direction for Mirotic.
Mirotic was originally not listed as a starter but will in fact start for the Bulls Monday against Philadelphia, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. Mirotic was reportedly not starting in the hours preceding Monday's game, with head coach Fred Hoiberg experimenting with the lineup and starting Noah instead. However, Mirotic was announced with the starters at the game and will be starting for the Bulls Monday. These changes shouldn't impact his playing time much, as Hoiberg has expressed he will experiment with the lineup, which doesn't necessarily mean a minutes shift the players.
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