Zipser will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Thunder while Quincy Pondexter draws the start at small forward, Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Zipser's role has fluctuated greatly throughout the season, as he saw just eight minutes during the team's most recent game against the Spurs. It's hard to gauge what sort of workload he'll garner Wednesday, though his season averages of 4.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 19.6 minutes per game may not be too far off. It's possible he sees more time than that off the bench though, considering Justin Holiday (personal) is out.
Zipser will move back into the starting lineup at small forward with David Nwaba set to miss two-to-four weeks with a sprained ankle, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Coach Fred Hoiberg shifted Zipser into a bench role over the last three games, while using Nwaba as his starter at small forward. However, Nwaba recently went down with a severely sprained ankle and will miss anywhere from two-to-four weeks, so Zipser will make the move back to the top unit, while Denzel Valentine is expected to serve as his direct backup. After averaging just 18.3 minutes over the last three games off the bench, compared to the 25.1 minutes he averaged in the four games he's started, Zipser should see his playing time on the rise moving forward. That being said, Valentine has also played well and logged 35 minutes himself on Saturday against the Pelicans, so Valentine's strong play could cut into Zipser's projected increase in workload.
Zipser will move to a bench role for Wednesday's matchup with the Heat.
Coach Fred Hoiberg indicated that he wanted to get a shooter in the second unit to work with Kris Dunn Wednesday, while he also wanted to use Zipser at power forward due to a lack of depth with both Nikola Mirotic (face) and Bobby Portis (suspension) out. For that reason, he'll move Zipser into a bench role and elevate David Nwaba into the starting lineup at small forward. This appears to be temporary, however, and as soon as the Bulls get some depth back at power forward, Zipser should move back into the top unit. Zipser is still likely going to play a fairly sizable role as a reserve despite the demotion.
Zipser (knee) will start Saturday's game against the Thunder, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Zipser was held out of Thursday's win over the Hawks with a knee injury, but he's been cleared to return to action and will return to the starting lineup at one forward spot. The 23-year-old is averaging 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists through his first three games.
Zipser (knee) will warm up prior to Saturday's game against the Thunder with the intent to play, Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score reports.
Zipser is battling a bruised knee, which kept him out of Thursday's game against the Hawks, but the issue does not appear to be remotely serious, and the forward should be expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday. In Tuesday's loss to the Cavaliers, Zipser had 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes.
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