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Bulls' Bobby Portis: Draws spot start
Portis will start Thursday's game against the Nuggets, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
With Wendell Carter ruled out for Thursday's contest due to a thumb injury, Portis will make just his fifth start of the 2018-19 season. He was with the first unit for the first four matchups of the year, averaging 10.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.0 block in 28.3 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Wendell Carter: Ruled out Thursday
Carter (thumb) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
As expected, Carter will miss his first game of the season as he nurses a sprained left thumb. Fortunately, the big man avoided a more serious injury and is being considered day-to-day, with his next chance to play coming Saturday against the Heat. Look for his status to clear up closer to game-time. Robin Lopez and Cristiano Felicio are candidates to pick up some run at center Thursday, though the Bulls could also choose to go small with Bobby Portis -- or potentially Lauri Markkanen -- seeing time at the five.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Wendell Carter: Officially out Thursday
Carter (thumb) has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Nuggets, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports.
The Bulls officially diagnosed Carter with a sprained left thumb, and while he's not expected to miss extended time, he'll be held out Thursday after playing through the injury for much of Tuesday's loss to the Lakers. Expect Robin Lopez and Cristiano Felicio to pick up some run at center, though the Bulls could also go small with Bobby Portis, or even Lauri Markkanen, seeing time at the five.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Wendell Carter: Doubtful to play Thursday
Carter (thumb) is considered doubtful to play Thursday night against the Nuggets, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Bulls got good news Wednesday when tests revealed Carter avoided a major injury to his right thumb. Initial reports indicated that he'd been ruled out of Thursday night's game, but the Bulls have since clarified that there's a chance the rookie could go if he's pain-free by game time. It still seems rather unlikely that Carter will take the floor, but his status is something to keep an eye on throughout the day.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Wendell Carter: Officially out Thursday
Carter (thumb) will not play in Thursday's game against the Nuggets, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.
This comes as no surprise given Carter is dealing with a sprained thumb that is leaving his availability for the next few weeks in doubt. The Bulls are currently calling the big man day-to-day, but he is set for an official evaluation when the team returns back to Chicago on Friday. With Carter out Thursday, Robin Lopez, Bobby Portis and Cristiano Felicio could all be in line for extended minutes in the froncourt.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Wendell Carter: Diagnosed with sprained thumb
Carter has been diagnosed with a sprained thumb and the Bulls are "prepared to call him day-to-day", K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
There was some fear in the Bulls organization that Carter could miss up to a month, but the rookie has avoided a torn ligament, being diagnosed with a sprain and not a fracture. This is certainly a relief for Carter and the team, which has dealt with a myriad of injuries all season. It seems unlikely Carter will suit up for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, though more specific information on the center's timetable should emerge in the near future. Assuming he misses time, Robin Lopez, Bobby Portis and Cristiano Felicio are all candidates to see upticks in usage.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Robin Lopez: Could re-enter rotation
Lopez could return to the Bulls' rotation over the next few games with Wendell Carter (thumb) set to miss time.
Carter was initially expected to miss multiple weeks, but it looks as though his thumb injury is much less serious than initially anticipated. Even so, Lopez could return to seeing minutes in the short-term should Carter miss a handful of games. Coach Jim Boylen indicated earlier in the week that Lopez would move into a decreased role going forward, and that was borne out in Tuesday's game against the Lakers, when Lopez did not see the floor.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Wendell Carter: Expected to miss multiple weeks
Carter (thumb) is expected to miss several weeks, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Bulls are still awaiting the results of additional tests on the rookie's thumb, but Johnson notes that surgery has not been ruled out, while the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Carter could be set to miss as much as six weeks of action. A more detailed and concrete timetable will likely be available in the coming hours, but for now it looks as though Carter will be sidelined indefinitely with an injury that could leave him on the shelf until around the All-Star break.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Wendell Carter: Thumb injury could be 'significant'
Carter's (thumb) MRI has yet to return and there is internal worry that the injury could be "significant", K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Carter suffered the injury during Tuesday's loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles, and it seems the rookie could be in for an extended absence. More information will emerge once his MRI results are revealed, but initial rumblings aren't encouraging.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Wendell Carter: Nursing thumb, knee injuries
Carter, in addition to waking up with tenderness in his left knee, underwent an MRI for his left thumb, which he injured Tuesday against the Lakers.
Carter is banged up following Tuesday's loss, and he may end up on the injury report for Thursday's matchup in Denver. More information should arrive in the time leading up to the contest, but if the rookie does end up missing time, Bobby Portis, Cristiano Felicio and Robin Lopez could all see extra run.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Jabari Parker: Back in rotation
Parker appears to be back in the Bulls' regular rotation, Sam Smith of Bulls.com reports.
Parker scored a team-high 18 points in Tuesday's loss to the Lakers, but more importantly he played double-digit minutes for the second straight game after a string of DNP-CD's in December and early January. The former No. 2 overall pick quickly fell out of the rotation after Jim Boylen took over for Fred Hoiberg, but Boylen confirmed Tuesday that Parker has earned his way back onto the court on a regular basis. "I know what I can do; I am the same guy," said Parker after Tuesday's loss. "Every time when I go out there it's going to be the same thing, be solid, play smart and see how it goes. (For us now), it's just stay with it, keep on trusting each other, keep on boosting each other's confidence. That's what's going to help us. Play for one another, and just the things we have already. We just have to sharpen them and we're going to do that."... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Wayne Selden: Minutes take hit Tuesday
Selden (back) played 10 minutes and supplied five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and two rebounds Tuesday in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers.
Selden had logged 20-plus minutes in both of the Bulls' past two games but ceded playing time Tuesday to Shaquille Harrison and Bobby Portis (ankle), the latter of whom was returning from a one-game absence. Now that the Chicago roster is back to full strength -- with the exception of Denzel Valentine (ankle), who has been sidelined all season -- Selden may struggle to get back over the 20-minute mark in the near future.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Bobby Portis: Miserable shooting in loss
Portis (elbow) finished with two points (1-11 FG, 0-4 3Pt), seven rebounds and three assists across 17 minutes Tuesday in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers.
Portis missed the Bulls' previous game Saturday in Utah and probably could have benefited from another respite Tuesday, given his ugly performance from the field. With a 41.4 field-goal percentage for the season, Portis has been remarkably inefficient for a frontcourt player, but so long as his elbow isn't an issue, he'll have a clear path to a high-volume role on the second unit. Portis saw more action at center versus the Lakers with the Bulls phasing out Robin Lopez and bringing Jabari Parker back into the rotation.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Shaquille Harrison: Rare double-digit scoring outing
Harrison tallied 10 points (3-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-7 FT), three rebounds, one steal and one block in 25 minutes Tuesday in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers.
The starting backcourt tandem of Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine combined for only 16 points on the night, but the Bulls' second unit was able to pick up the slack. Harrison was one of three bench players to reach double figures in the scoring column, with his last two points coming from the foul line in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter. Though Harrison has carved out a solid role in the rotation, his erratic shooting puts a cap on his overall fantasy ceiling.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Ryan Arcidiacono: Solid off bench during loss
Arcidiacono offered 12 points (3-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block across 19 minutes in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
The second-year guard turned in his second double-digit scoring effort over the last three contests, a brief surge after a multi-game stretch of pedestrian production. Arcidiacono hadn't scored more than five points in the seven games prior to the current stretch, a sample that includes a trio of scoreless efforts. Kris Dunn's return to health Dec. 10 naturally led to a dip in production for Arcidiacono, but he'll regain some relevance if he can keep up his recent improvement over an appreciable span of games.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Chandler Hutchison: Continues climb in defeat
Hutchison totaled 12 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and two steals across 27 minutes in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Despite the disappointing team outcome, Tuesday's game was another step on the right direction for the rookie, who's put together back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts for the first time in his career. Hutchison has shot well over 50 percent on each of those games as well, and he's also developing into a steady force on the boards. Factoring in his line versus the Lakers, Hutchison has pulled down between five and eight rebounds in his last four contests, his most productive stretch in that category thus far.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Zach LaVine: Held in check during loss
LaVine finished with 10 points (4-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight assists and four rebounds across 33 minutes in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
LaVine's ragged shooting night was partly the result of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's solid defense, and it led to the fifth-year guard's lowest scoring total since Nov. 30. LaVine has scuffled from the field more often than not lately, as he now has three sub-40-percent shooting tallies in the last four games. He did help make up for his offensive shortfall with strong work as a facilitator, however, as his assist total Tuesday qualified as his highest since Dec. 4.... See More ... See Less
Bulls' Lauri Markkanen: Another solid offensive performance
Markkanen tallied 17 points (6-14 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, one steal and one block across 31 minutes in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Markkanen's scoring total led the starting five and was second only to Jabari Parker's on the night. The second-year big has bounced back from a pair of sub-40-percent shooting efforts to eclipse the mark in each of his last two games. However, three-point shooting has been a struggle since the calendar flipped to 2019, and Markkanen has gone 4-for-21 from behind the arc over the last four games specifically.... See More ... See Less