News: Mirotic took advantage of Taj Gibson (ankle) being out Sunday and put up 29 points, nine rebounds, one block, and two three-pointers in 31 minutes against the Clippers.
Impact: In addition to Gibson's absence, Derrick Rose (knee) was out, and Jimmy Butler left the game after 22 minutes with a sprained left elbow. Mirotic has played well with extra minutes in the past, and if Butler has to miss any games, there would be a significant amount of offense needing to be made up elsewhere, a task Mirotic may be asked to take on. The Bulls' next game is Tuesday against the Wizards.
News: Butler will get an MRI performed Monday on his sprained left elbow, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Butler suffered the injury during Sunday's game against the Clippers. At this point Butler's owners will have to anxiously await the results of his MRI to determine his availability moving forward. If he's confined to the sidelines for any amount of time, Tony Snell and Kirk Hinrich would likely benefit from added time on the court.
News: Gasol managed to play for 33 minutes against the Clippers on Sunday despite the fact that he's still battling an illness, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports. He finished with four points (2-13 FG), 15 rebounds, and four assists.
Impact: Gasol should be considered day-to-day moving forward in the event that his illness gets worse ahead of Tuesday's game against the Wizards. It would be somewhat surprising if he didn't take the court, although coach Tom Thibodeau said Gasol is still very sick and doesn't seem to be at full strength.
News: Butler (elbow) will not return to Sunday's game against the Clippers, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Butler sprained his left elbow during the second half of Sunday's game and should be considered day-to-day ahead of Tuesday's contest against the Wizards. If he ultimately stays off the court Tuesday, Kirk Hinrich and Tony Snell will likely see additional time on the hardwood.
News: Gibson (ankle) will miss Sunday's game against the Clippers, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
Impact: Gibson should be considered day-to-day as he misses his first game due to this ankle injury. His next opportunity to get back on the court will be against the Wizards on Tuesday while Nikola Mirotic sees added run in the meantime.