Williams (hip) will not play in Monday's game against the Rockets, Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
Williams went from probable, to questionable, to out within two hours of tip-off. It is unclear if he suffered some type of setback with his hip issue or if the Bulls are just opting to err on the side of caution with their rookie. His absence, along with Otto Porter (back), could lead to extra minutes for Garrett Temple, Denzel Valentine and Thaddeus Young in some fashion.
Williams (hip) is now considered a game-time decision for Monday's matchup with the Rockets, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.
Williams was originally considered probable for Monday's game. It is unclear if he suffered a specific setback, but his status willl now be determined by how he is feeling during pregame warmups. With Otto Porter (back) already ruled out, Thaddeus Young and Denzel Valentine could potentially see some extra run at small forward should the rookie ultimatley get ruled out.
Williams is listed as probable for Monday's game against Houston due to a bruised right hip.
Williams picked up a hip injury Sunday afternoon, but it doesn't look to be anything of great concern. With Otto Porter (back) ruled out, the rookie will likely be set to start at one forward spot alongside Lauri Markkanen.
Williams submitted 17 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assist and two steals in 36 minutes Sunday in the Bulls' 130-127 loss to the Clippers.
With Coby White serving as more of a facilitator Sunday, Williams and Garrett Temple combined for 35 points to help provide some supplementary offense behind Zach LaVine (45 points). While the showing was a welcome one for Williams, his typical low-usage role on offense means this level of production shouldn't be expected moving forward. The rookie could also soon fall below 30 minutes on a more regular basis once the team gets Otto Porter (back) and Lauri Markkanen (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) back in action.
Williams recorded six points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five rebounds, three steals, two blocks and an assist across 28 minutes in Monday's win over the Mavericks.
Williams seems to have settled as Chicago's starting power forward, getting the nod in each of the team's first seven contests so far. He's scored in double digits just thrice in that span, but he does a little bit of everything and might be serviceable as long as he remains in the starting unit.
Williams managed 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt), two assists and one rebound in 20 minutes during Tuesday's 115-107 victory over the Wizards.
Williams continues to start for the Bulls but has yet to play starter's minutes on a regular basis. Otto Porter has shifted to the bench but is still the more proven of the two options. Porter played 29 minutes in the victory, and at this stage, he is the small forward to target at the moment.
Williams recorded 16 points (5-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 33 minutes during Wednesday's loss against the Hawks.
The Bulls didn't have a good performance in their 2020-21 debut, but Williams thrived in his first career game in The Association and filled the stat sheet admirably while ending as the team's third-highest scorer behind Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen. The rookie will likely remain in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Pacers.
Williams is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's season opener against the Hawks.
The 24-year-old will join the starting five in his NBA debut, as Otto Porter is expected to come off the bench. Williams never started during his lone collegiate season at Florida State last year, but he'll receive the starting nod in the season opener for the Bulls.
Williams had 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-1 3PT, 0-1 FT) and seven rebounds in Wednesday's preseason game against the Thunder.
Starting over Otto Porter at small forward, the rookie looked plenty comfortable as he cruised to his third double-digit scoring night in as many games. The Florida State product converted his only three-point attempt and added two blocks in 27 minutes. At this juncture, Porter is probably the favorite to start at small forward, but Williams could make it a legitimate competition.
Williams will start Wednesday's preseason game at Oklahoma City.
The rookie fourth overall pick played 25-plus minutes off the bench in both preseason contests over the weekend, and averaged 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals. According to Cody Westerlund of 670TheScore.com, coach Billy Donovan is keeping an "open mind" about the potential of Williams starting in the regular season, so a strong showing Wednesday could help secure a spot in the lineup.
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