News: Noah (hamstring) will play Saturday against the Bucks, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Noah, as expected, will not miss any playoff games after sitting out the Bulls' last two games. He's been battling hamstring and knee issues, but neither injury looks to be serious. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Noah will see his usual complement of minutes to begin the series.
News: Rose (knee) will play Saturday against the Bucks, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Rose was held out of the second half of the regular season finale due to knee soreness, but coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed the point guard will be ready to go Saturday. Thibodeau said both Rose and Joakim Noah, who's also been banged up of late, will play their usual complement of minutes, which should be in the 30-35 minute range.
News: Hinrich (knee) did not practice Friday, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Hinrich has been battling swelling in his knee, and coach Tom Thibodeau said he's unsure whether the veteran will be ready to go Saturday evening against Milwaukee. If Hinrich is held out, Aaron Brooks will likely pick up some extra minutes.
News: Hinrich (knee) is expected to play in Saturday's opener against the Bucks, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Hinrich suffered a hyperextended left knee a week ago and was forced off the court for the final two games of the season as a result. Obviously there's concern moving forward since this is a fresh injury that he's yet to have played on, but his week of rest ahead of Saturday's playoff opener certainly was the best possible remedy. The 34-year-old averaged 24.4 minutes over 66 games this regular season and it would be reasonable to assume that he could see around that same total against the Bucks.
News: Noah (hamstring) is expected to play in Saturday's opener against the Bucks, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Noah sat out the final two games of the regular season to rest his sore hamstring but there's not much concern moving forward since the rest was just precautionary. The 30-year-old will be playing without a minutes restriction for the first time in a while against the Bucks, although his cap was set around 30-32 minutes per game at the end of the season which is certainly still a hefty workload. He'll look to anchor the Bulls on defense throughout their playoff campaign and should be a serviceable option across all postseason formats.