Gafford notched just two points (1-2 FG) but added two blocks, a rebound and a steal across 11 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's loss at the Clippers.
Gafford had a stretch of three games in which he surpassed the 10-point mark twice between Dec. 31 and Jan. 3, but he has scored eight combined points over his last four appearances -- all of them off the bench. Gafford can hustle and provide value on defense, but he's not playing or scoring enough to have upside in most fantasy formats.
Gafford had 15 points (7-8 FG, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 22 minutes during Thursday's win over Wizards.
The 22-year-old had only 11 points, six rebounds and zero assists or steals through his first three appearances of the season, but he came on strong Thursday with Wendell Carter briefly exiting with an injury and also contending with foul trouble. Gafford should continue to operate as Chicago's backup center, and his opportunities will remain limited while Carter is healthy.
Gafford will come off the bench for Saturday's game against the Knicks, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
With Wendell Carter (ankle) back in the starting five following an extended absence, Gafford will return to a reserve role. Coming off the bench this season, he's averaged 4.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks across 12.2 minutes.
Gafford started at center and put up seven points (2-2 FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist across 25 minutes Saturday in the Bulls' 112-104 loss to the Suns.
The Bulls were without Wendell Carter (ankle) and Luke Kornet (ankle) for the front end of the back-to-back set, allowing Gafford to step into the starting five for the first time since Jan. 15. The rookie didn't see the ball much on offense, but he brought value for those that streamed him or used him in DFS thanks to his defensive numbers. The official statuses of Carter and Kornet aren't yet known for Sunday's game against the Wizards, but in the likely event both are sidelined again, Gafford should be in store for another start.
Gafford will get the start at center for Saturday's game against Phoenix, Tony Gill of NBC Sports reports.
Gafford will get a spot start with Luke Kornet sidelined with a sprained ankle. On the year, the 21-year-old's averaging 4.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 12.8 minutes per contest.
Gafford (ankle) had five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes during Thursday's 103-93 loss to the Hornets.
Gafford returned to the lineup following a three-game absence with a sprained ankle. However, despite the team's laundry list of injuries and the fact that he was expected to be a "full go" Gafford still didn't receive that many minutes. As such, he's merely a viable short-term option in deeper formats.
Gafford (ankle) is expected to be a "full go" Thursday against the Hornets, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
A sprained right ankle has kept Gafford sidelined lately, but he'll be able to make his return for the Bulls' first game following the All-Star break. With Wendell Carter (ankle) still sidelined, Gafford could draw a start. When seeing at least 20 minutes, he's averaging 11.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks.
Gafford (ankle) didn't play during Tuesday's loss to the Wizards since he isn't 100 percent healthy, Jamal Collier of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Gafford was officially listed as probable Tuesday and was in uniform, but he didn't see the court since the right ankle sprain remains bothersome. The 21-year-old enters the All-Star break having missed three straight games and 11 of the last 12 games, but the midseason festivities will allow him some additional recovery time.
Gafford (ankle) is probable for Tuesday's game against Washington.
Gafford is nursing a sprained right ankle, though the issue isn't expected to have an effect on his availability Tuesday. The rookie was available for Sunday's game against the Sixers but failed to see the court.
Gafford has been cleared to play Sunday against the 76ers, Jamal Collier of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Gafford was questionable coming in, but he's been cleared to make what will be just his second appearance since mid-January. The rookie had been sidelined for several weeks with an ankle injury, which also kept him out of Thursday's game against the Pels.
Gafford (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Philadelphia, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Gafford continues to nurse a sprained ankle that kept him from playing Thursday against New Orleans. If he's unable to go, Luke Kornet would is in line for extended minutes.
Gafford (ankle) is out for Thursday's game against the Pelicans, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Gafford rolled his ankle in his return to the court during the Bulls' previous contest, and he'll sit out Thursday's game as a result. In his absence, Luke Kornet and Cristiano Felicio should see the bulk of the center minutes.
Gafford (ankle) is doubtful for Thursday's game against the Pelicans.
Gafford returned from a thumb injury over the weekend but sprained his ankle in his first game back. While he downplayed the issue afterward, it sounds like he'll miss at least one game as a result. In his presumed absence, Luke Kornet and Cristiano Felicio should see the majority of time at center.
Gafford (thumb) played nine minutes and finished with one point (0-1 FG, 1-2 FT), one rebound and three turnovers Sunday in the Bulls' 129-102 loss to the Raptors. He acknowledged afterward that he rolled his ankle during the contest, though Gafford expects to be available for the Bulls' next game Thursday versus the Pelicans, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
Back in action after missing the prior nine games with a dislocated right thumb, Gafford quickly got banged up again, as he fell hard to the floor early in the contest and was sent to the bench. The Bulls' decision to bring Gafford back in the second half amid a blowout suggests the team isn't too concerned about the ankle, and the rookie should benefit from the team's extended break before its next game. Expect Gafford to cut gradually into the playing time of fellow centers Luke Kornet and Cristiano Felicio, both of whom played more minutes Sunday.
Gafford (thumb) will play Sunday against the Raptors, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Gafford has missed the last nine games with a dislocated right thumb. He'll likely return to the starting lineup Sunday with Wendell Carter still out with an ankle injury.
Gafford (thumb) was able to take part in on-court drills during Saturday's practice and will be re-evaluated ahead of Sunday's tilt with the Raptors, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports. He is officially questionable.
Gafford has a chance at making his return from a nine-game absence due to a dislocated right thumb. He'll be re-evaluated based on how well he responds to his practice reps as well as presumably how he feels in pre-game warmups. Across 32 games this season, Gafford's posting 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 12.8 minutes.
Gafford (thumb) won't play Friday against Brooklyn, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Gafford will miss his eighth straight matchup due to a thumb injury. His next chance to take the court comes Sunday in Toronto.
Gafford (thumb) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Nets.
Gafford -- who has been sidelined since mid-January with a dislocated right thumb -- was hoping to return Friday in Brooklyn, though it sounds like he'll have to wait at least one more game. Assuming he's unable to go, Luke Kornet should continue to start at center for the Bulls.
Gafford (thumb), who has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers, said he's hoping to return Friday against the Nets, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Gafford has been sidelined since mid-January with a dislocated right thumb -- a span of eight games -- but it sounds like he could return Friday in Brooklyn if everything goes off without a hitch during Thursday's practice. With Wendell Carter (ankle) still sidelined, Gafford could step back into a starting role once healthy.
Gafford is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks with a dislocated right thumb, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
The rookie second-round pick suffered the injury less than two minutes into the first quarter of Wednesday's game against the Wizards and immediately went to the locker room. It's a tough blow for the Bulls, who are already without center Wendell Carter (ankle) for the next month. Luke Kornet, Thaddeus Young and Chandler Hutchison could all see increased frontcourt minutes while Gafford is sidelined.
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