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Bulls' Chandler Hutchison: Questionable for Saturday
Hutchison (illness) will be a game-time call for Saturday's game against San Antonio, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Hutchison was held out of Thursday's contest, and his status remains up in the air heading into Saturday. His availability will likely be revealed closer to tipoff. The Bulls are labeling Hutchison's issue as a gastrointestinal illness.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Zach LaVine: Doubtful Saturday vs. Spurs
LaVine (ankle) is doubtful Saturday against the Spurs and is expected to be out "a game or two," K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
LaVine's MRI results have yet to be released, but early indications aren't ideal, with the guard expected to miss two games. Assuming he's sidelined, Antonio Blakeney, Chandler Hutchison (illness) and other wing/backcourt players should see an increased workload.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Jabari Parker: May be on move
The Bulls have "engaged in talks" with teams regarding Parker, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Parker played a season-low four minutes off the bench Thursday against the Magic, with Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reporting the forward is expected to lose his rotation spot as soon as Saturday's tilt against the Spurs. It appears the Bulls won't waste any time trying to deal Parker elsewhere, as Johnson notes that there is "considerable interest in Parker as a player," but it may be tough to find a fit financially with his $20 million contract for this season.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Zach LaVine: Will undergo MRI
LaVine will undergo an MRI on his ankle Friday morning, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The UCLA product stated that he should be fine in time for Saturday's matchup against the Spurs but "heard something pop" near his ankle during Thursday's contest. As a result, LaVine will undergo a MRI on Friday morning just in case. LaVine logged 40 minutes during the loss Thursday against the Magic.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Robin Lopez: Surprises with scoring in win
Lopez managed 11 points (3-7 FG, 5-5 FT), one rebound and two blocks across 28 minutes in the Bulls' 97-91 loss to the Magic on Thursday in Mexico City.
Lopez continues to be good for the occasional double-digit scoring effort, although when those will come remains very unpredictable. The 11 year-veteran does serve as an effective safety net behind inconsistent rookie Wendell Carter ,Jr., but his fantasy value is still primarily limited to deeper formats and as a DFS punt play.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Jabari Parker: Plays season-low minutes total
Parker played a season-low four minutes off the bench in Thursday's 97-91 loss to the Magic in Mexico City, finishing with zero points (0-1 FG), one rebound and one assist.
All of Parker's minutes were in the first half and came after Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reported earlier Thursday that the forward would lose his rotation spot as soon as Saturday in San Antonio. It appears only Chandler Hutchison's (illness) absence allowed Parker to earn some light run Thursday, so once the Bulls are back to full strength, the 2014 No. 2 overall pick will struggle to leave the bench most nights. Parker is averaging a solid 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the season, but his poor defense and the recent returns of Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen from long-term injuries have cost him playing time and eliminated most of his fantasy value.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Wendell Carter: December struggles continue
Carter posted seven points (3-4 FG, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one block across 18 minutes Thursday in the Bulls' 97-91 loss to the Magic in Mexico City.
Carter seems to have hit the proverbial rookie wall thus far in December, as he's averaging just 7.3 points, 6.3 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.0 block in 24.3 minutes per game through six contests this month. The playing time is somewhat disappointing considering the 6-23 Bulls are incentivized to get their lottery pick as many minutes as possible amid a losing season, though Carter hasn't helped his cause by routinely falling into early foul trouble. The 19-year-old figures to improve in that regard as the season unfolds and should only see his playing time tick up from here, so he remains a strong hold in most redraft formats. Even with his averages plummeting of late, Carter has at least helped fantasy managers by shooting with decent efficiency from the floor and free-throw line, something that can't often be counted on from rookie big men.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Ryan Arcidiacono: Minutes trending down
Arcidiacono posted five points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five assists, two rebounds and one steal across 23 minutes Thursday in the Bulls' 97-91 loss to the Magic in Mexico City.
Though Kris Dunn has played in the past two games after missing nearly two months with a sprained MCL, he's been subject to a minutes restriction in both contests while being deployed off the bench. That has allowed Arcidiacono to maintain his spot in the starting lineup, but Dunn's return has nonetheless been a negative development for the former Villanova standout. Arcidiacono has failed to top 30 minutes in six of the last seven contests and will likely drop below 20 on a regular basis once Dunn is free of restrictions and cleared to reclaim his spot in the starting five. That development would send Arcidiacono's already minimal fantasy stock plummeting even further.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Lauri Markkanen: Subdued production in defeat
Markkanen generated seven points (2-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, one steal and one block across 28 minutes in the Bulls' 97-91 loss to the Magic in Mexico City on Thursday.
The young big's funk continued Thursday, with Markkanen coming up empty on four attempts from in front of the arc and posting his second single-digit point tally in the last three games. The 21-year-old has been solid but not especially productive on the rebounding front either, as he's brought down between four and six boards in his last three. Markkanen certainly has the talent to bounce back from any scoring downturns, but the recent return to health of Bobby Portis could eventually threaten Markkanen's minutes if he doesn't keep his overall production at a strong level.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Bobby Portis: Strong effort off bench
Portis contributed 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one steal across 22 minutes in the Bulls' 97-91 loss to the Magic in Mexico City on Thursday.
Portis saw a slight bump in minutes of that of his season debut on Monday, and as was the case in that contest, he provided another strong stat line. The 23-year-old figures to remain in a second-unit role behind Lauri Markkanen, but it should be one that will afford him a solid amount of minutes with which to provide his typically fruitful returns in both points and rebounds.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Justin Holiday: Another solid line in loss
Holiday turned in 18 points (6-11 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists and three steals across 38 minutes in the Bulls' 97-91 loss to the Magic in Mexico City on Thursday.
Holiday checked in second only to Zach LaVine in scoring on the night for the Bulls, snapping a rather two-game streak of single-digit point tallies in the process. The six-year veteran has encouragingly remained in the starting five despite the recent returns of Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis, and he logged 35 and 38 minutes over his last two games, respectively. If he can keep a hold of his starting job at the three, Holiday should continue to be a valued asset in all formats, considering he's amply proven capable of strong production across the stat sheet.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Zach LaVine: Heats up in Mexico City loss
LaVine tallied 23 points (10-18 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and two steals across 40 minutes in the Bulls' 97-91 loss to the Magic on Thursday in Mexico City.
LaVine's scoring total led the Bulls on the night and was one of only four double-digit scoring efforts for Chicago. The 23-year-old bounced back to eclipse the 20-point mark after consecutive contests in which he failed to do so, only the second time that had transpired all season. Despite three sub-20-point efforts overall in the first six games of December, shooting has not been an issue for LaVine, who's now draining 55.2 percent of his attempts, including 45.5 percent from three-point range, over that span.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Jabari Parker: Loses role in rotation
Parker is expected to play Thursday against Orlando with Chandler Hutchison (illness) out, but he won't see everyday minutes past Thursday, ESPN's Malika Andrews reports.
This is a surprising development, especially given Parker's recent two-year, $40 million contract that he signed with the Bulls over this past offseason. He's averaged 24.5 minutes along with 10.8 points per contest over his previous four games but will no longer receive regular minutes following Thursday's matchup. Bobby Portis and Hutchison could be in line for an uptick in minutes as a result.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Bobby Portis: To see uptick in minutes
Portis is expected to log 24-to-26 minutes in Thursday's game against the Magic, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Portis missed 23 games with a knee injury, but after returning to action Monday against Sacramento, he's in line to see a healthy chunk of minutes. Chandler Hutchison is out due to an illness, which figures to be one of the reasons Portis will receive a slight uptick in playing time.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Kris Dunn: To play 24-to-26 minutes
Dunn is expected to log between 24-to-26 minutes in Thursday's game against Orlando, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Dunn has played in just two games this season due to a knee injury, but he's expected to see substantial run with Chandler Hutchison (illness) out Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Chandler Hutchison: Ruled out Thursday
Hutchison won't be available to play Thursday against the Magic due to illness.
Head coach Jim Boylen disclosed Hutchison's illness shortly before tipoff. He'll likely be a game-time decision for Friday's matchup in San Antonio after missing Wednesday's contest.... See More ... See Less