Mirotic exited Monday's matchup with the Hornets with a strained lower back and deemed himself day-to-day after the contest. After failing to practice Tuesday, the
Mirotic (back) deemed himself "day-to-day" following his premature exit from Monday's preseason game against the Hornets, Cody Westerlund of 670TheScore.com reports.
This is seemingly good news for Mirotic after being diagnosed with a lower back strain. With just one more preseason game left on the docket for Chicago this Thursday, it's entirely possible that the Bulls will err on the side of caution and hold him out until their regular season opener against the Celtics on Oct. 27.
Mirotic left Monday's preseason game against the Hornets with a lower back strain, Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago reports.
Mirotic suffered the injury during the third quarter, keeping him scoreless (0-4 3Pt), with two rebounds and a steal over 10 minutes. He'll likely be evaluated further following the game, so we should see his status updated in the coming few days. The Bulls have their preseason finale versus the Hawks on Thursday, so it wouldn't be surprising if Mirotic was ultimately held out in an attempt to get him as healthy as possible for the start of the regular season.
Mirotic contributed 18 points (6-9 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), nine rebounds, one steal and one block across 26 minutes in Saturday's 121-105 preseason win over the Pacers.
After going 2-for-14 from the field and 0-for-8 from three-point range in his first two preseason games, the other shoe dropped for the streaky Mirotic on Saturday, as he submitted what was easily his best game of the exhibition schedule. Coach Fred Hoiberg has given a start at power forward to Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis in each of the team's three preseason games, but Gibson seems to have emerged as the frontrunner for a spot on the top unit when the regular season begins. Gibson hasn't had a bad showing in any game this preseason, highlighted by Saturday's 20-point effort on 9-for-9 shooting.
Mirotic was limited to four points (1-7 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two blocks and one assist across 24 minutes in Thursday's 115-108 preseason loss to the Pacers.
After Taj Gibson got the starting nod at power forward in the exhibition opener Monday against the Bucks, Mirotic slotted into the lineup this time around, as coach Fred Hoiberg looks to evaluate his options at the position heading into the regular season. Based on the first two games, Mirotic probably finds himself behind Gibson and perhaps even Bobby Portis in the pecking order. He's provided little of the outside shooting the Bulls have craved, going a collective 2-for-14 from the field and 0-for-8 from three-point range. Mirotic presents little value on the defensive end, so when he's not knocking down outside shots, it's difficult for the Bulls to justify keeping him on the court. He'll need to turn things around over the final handful of preseason games in order to make a legitimate run at the starting role.
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