News: Brooks scored 17 points (6-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) Friday in a win over the Grizzlies while Derrick Rose sat out his second straight game with an illness.
Impact: Brooks scored 18 on Thursday as well with Rose out. This time, Brooks played a season-high 32 minutes while starter Kirk Hinrich struggled to get anything going. When Rose sits, Brooks could be worth a start, especially in daily leagues.
News: Mirotic scored a career-high 27 points (7-10 FG, 6-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT) Friday in a win over the Grizzlies, playing more minutes than usual with Taj Gibson out.
Impact: Mirotic's performance from three is what really stands out here. In his rookie season, Mirotic is making 34.4 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. When Gibson is healthy, Mirotic may not see the same playing time, but his production is certainly worth noting for the future, especially if Gibson or Joakim Noah are injured at any point.
News: Hinrich scored just five points (2-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT) in a start against the Grizzlies on Friday while filling in for Derrick Rose.
Impact: Rose was out with an illness, but Hinrich certainly do much to help fill in the hole. Owners should stay away from Hinrich, even if Rose continues to miss games on a consistent basis. In the six games prior to Friday, Hinrich was shooting just 34.3 percent from the floor and averaged 5.3 points in 28 minutes per game.
News: Butler tied his season high for shot attempts, making 11 of his 21 shots for 31 points in a win over the Grizzlies, despite the Bulls missing Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson.
Impact: This is the third time this season that Butler has attempted 21 shots, and also made all nine of his free-throw attempts. He completed a double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds and he also had two steals. In 43 minutes, Butler didn't turn the ball over once. Owners who grabbed him in the middle of drafts this fall should feel great about how Butler's playing this season.
News: McDermott (knee) has progressed to walking, riding a bike and shooting, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: McDermott still can't run and still has stitches, but appears to be moving in the right direction. His timetable is slotted for early February, which still seems like a realistic goal at this point.
News: Gibson (ankle) won't play Friday against the Grizzlies, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Gibson's ankle injury originated form a practice earlier in the week, and will now miss at least two straight games because of it. Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah will likely play increased minutes in his absence.
News: Gibson (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game in Memphis, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: After suffering the ankle injury in practice earlier in the week, Gibson missed the Bulls' game Thursday, but has traveled with the team to Memphis. Expect Gibson to try the ankle out in pregame warm-ups and a decision to be made on his playing status to be made after that.
News: Noah (ankle) returned from a four-game absence against the Knicks on Thursday but had a rough shooting night as he only put up five points (1-8 FG, 2-6 FT) to go along with 13 rebounds, three assists, and one block in 34 minutes.
Impact: Despite the poor shooting performance, Noah was able to brush aside his lingering ankle issues to play a normal compliment of minutes Thursday. However, when considering that his ankle issues stemmed from soreness, it's entirely possible that he could be sidelined in the future to rest the ankles yet again.