News: Rose sprained his ankle Friday against the Cavaliers, leaving in the fourth quarter - though he said he doesn't think the injury is serious. He scored 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting before exiting.
Impact: Rose said he'd travel with the team for Saturday's contest at Minnesota but it's not clear if he'll play.
News: Gibson sprained his ankle in the Friday's overtime loss to the Cavaliers. He was treated in the locker room and returned in the fourth quarter. The reserve forward finished with 10 points (5-9 FG), three rebounds, and two assists in 28 minutes.
Impact: Gibson had a relatively quiet game before getting hurt. His 22-point explosion against the Knicks in the opener was based on an unsustainable 10-of-12 shooting performance. With limited minutes behind Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, Gibson should be able to duplicate but not better his 2013-14 stats (13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds).
News: Hinrich scored eight straight points in the fourth quarter of the overtime loss to the Cavaliers on Friday. He finished with 20 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-5 FT) in 34 minutes.
Impact: Hinrich, who looked very spry, did miss a long jumper in regulation after his eight-point binge that could have won the game for the Bulls. He received extra playing time because Derrick Rose sat out after the third quarter with a sprained ankle. Hinrich will continue to start in place of Jimmy Butler (thumb) and provide points and 3-pointers.
News: Noah had eight points (3-7 FG, 2-2 FT) with 13 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in 37 minutes before fouling out in the overtime loss to Cleveland on Friday.
Impact: Noah had a very quiet game in the win over the Knicks with three points and six rebounds, but was vociferous against the Cavs. He may lose some shot opportunities to Pau Gasol, but he will continue to fill the box score a nice mix of with rebounds, assists, and blocks.
News: Gasol provided 15 points (6-18 FG, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, and six blocks in 37 minutes in the overtime loss to the Cavaliers on Friday.
Impact: Gasol did not have as easy a time in the paint as against the Knicks. He also found more opportunities to block shots in his interesting pairing with Joakim Noah on the defensive end. The former Laker received a bump in minutes because Noah fouled out and Taj Gibson suffering a sprained left ankle.
News: Rose (ankle) underwent X-rays after Friday's game against the Cavaliers, with the results coming back negative, ESPN Chicago reports. He'll travel with the team to Minnesota with the hope of playing Saturday against the Timberwolves.
Impact: Given what has transpired with Rose the previous two seasons, Bulls fans were probably holding their collect breath when the point guard fell victim to another injury, but this one looks to be of the minor variety. It wouldn't be surprising if the Bulls rested Rose on Saturday to prevent the sprain from worsening, so his status is certainly still worth monitoring until he's officially cleared to play his next game. He was productive Friday despite being limited to 25 minutes due to the injury, finishing with 20 points, four rebounds and four assists in the overtime loss.
News: Brooks scored 11 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) with two assists in 20 minutes in the overtime loss to Cleveland on Friday.
Impact: Brooks looks like the latest of scoring guards off the bench for coach Tom Thibodeau following Nate Robinson and D.J. Augustin. If Derrick Rose's ankle injury proves to keep him off the court, Brooks could get a nice, short-term bump in fantasy value.
News: Rose (ankle) didn't return to Friday's game against the Cavaliers after the third quarter. He had 20 points (8-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds, and four assists in 25 minutes before leaving.
Impact: Rose suffered the injury in the second quarter and was able to temporarily play through it into the third, but coach Tom Thibodeau didn't feel as though the point guard was moving around well enough to keep going thereafter. The Bulls listed Rose as questionable to return in the fourth quarter, but Thibodeau ended up sticking with the red-hot Kirk Hinrich in Rose's stead the rest of the way. The severity of Rose's injury is not known at this time, so for now, he looks to be questionable for Saturday's tilt with the Timberwolves.
News: Rose left Friday's game against the Cavaliers with a left ankle sprain and is questionable to return, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: The injury occurred in the second quarter and Rose was able to remain in the game until the third, but showed diminished effectiveness. Considering Rose's troubling medical history, it would probably make sense for the Bulls to take precaution and hold him out of the remainder of the contest. He put up 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the field to go along with four assists in 25 minutes prior to his departure.
News: Gibson (ankle) returned to Friday's game against the Cavaliers late in the fourth quarter.
Impact: It appears the Bulls accidentally attributed the ankle sprain to Gibson, when it was actually Derrick Rose who left the contest with the ailment. Gibson returned to the game shortly after the supposed injury was announced, so it seems like coach Tom Thibodeau just benched him temporarily as part of the flow of the game.
News: Gibson left Friday's game with a sprained left ankle in Friday's game against the Cavaliers and is questionable to return.
Impact: The injury occurred in the fourth quarter, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the Bulls chose to hold Gibson out for the remainder of the evening. He had six points and three rebounds over 18 minutes before spraining the ankle, but the severity of the injury isn't known at this time. If he fails to return to Friday's game, Gibson would seem at risk of missing Saturday's tilt with the Timberwolves as well.
News: Butler (thumb) will not play Friday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Butler was a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Cavaliers but he ultimately won't be available for the Bulls. His next opportunity to get on the court will be against the Timberwolves on Saturday.
News: Butler (thumb) went through shootaround and is a game-time decision Friday, ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell reports.
Impact: A report on Wednesday said Butler would miss two-to-four weeks due to the sprained thumb, but it sounds like he could be back well ahead of that last estimate. Monitor his status leading up to tipoff and consider him day-to-day for now.
News: Butler is headed toward restricted free agency next summer. The Chicago Bulls guard was still hoping he and the team could agree on a contract extension before Friday's deadline, saying "we got `til, what, 11:59 (Eastern time)?" That deadline passed without an extension. Instead, the Bulls will have the right to match any offer he receives next summer.
Impact: Drafted with the 30th pick in 2011, the Marquette product has averaged 8.9 points. He broke out last season, scoring a career-high 13.1 points per game while making the NBA's all-defensive second team. Butler missed the season-opening win at New York on Wednesday because of a sprained left thumb and was inactive for Friday's game against Cleveland.