Chicago Bulls Player News: All Positions

News: Executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said following the lottery that the Bulls are "really solid" at the "2, 3, 4, 5 spots," Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports. Paxson went on to intimate that "We have not given up on [Dunn]. I think he has defensive abilities. But we have to get better at that position, there's absolutely no question in my mind."
Impact: These are poignant words from the Bulls' front office following the draft lottery, and it seems reasonable to assume Dunn might be on the move sooner than later. Next year, Dunn will be 25 years old and in his fourth year in the league. He's shown promise across the past two campaigns with the Bulls, improving his three-point stroke and assist-to-turnover ratio. In 2017-18, he ranked 2nd in the league in steal percentage (3.3%, 2.5 STL per 36 minutes). If Dunn indeed gets moved, his fantasy stock could increase, assuming he goes to a team that's in need of a starting point guard.
News: Markkanen (illness) has been cleared to resume basketball activities, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Markkanen went through examinations by cardiologists, and he'll be free to work on the full scope of his game throughout the offseason. He had an impressive sophomore season, averaging 18.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 threes and 1.4 assists while shooting 43.0 percent from the field.
News: Sampson totaled 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt), one rebound, one assist, one steal and a block over 23 minutes in the Bulls' loss to the 76ers on Wednesday.
Impact: Sampson finished Wednesday's game with double-digit points in a losing effort. The rookie from LSU ended the season with 4.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in 14.7 minutes.
News: Selden totaled 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt), eight rebounds and two assists over 28 minutes in the Bulls' loss to the 76ers on Wednesday.
Impact: Selden had a solid stat line in Wednesday's loss, knocking down double-digit points and pulling down eight boards. Though he played 19.1 minutes per game this season, he only averaged a meager 6.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
News: Arcidiacono totaled 14 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, six assists and a steal over 30 minutes in the Bulls' loss to the 76ers on Wednesday.
Impact: Arcidiacono drew the start in Wednesday's season finale, finishing with a strong all-around stat line. He finishes his second season with averages of 6.6 points, 3.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game -- all career-high numbers.
News: Lemon totaled 20 points (9-19 FG, 2-2 3Pt), six rebounds and four assists over 28 minutes in the Bulls' loss to the 76ers on Wednesday.
Impact: Lemon played a total of six games for the Bulls after being signed from the G League, and he had solid numbers. In those six games, he averaged 14.3 points, 5.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
News: Porter (shoulder) will not play Wednesday against the Sixers.
Impact: The Bulls will be without a number of regulars once again Wednesday, and Porter will end the season on a streak of 11 straight absences due to a strained right shoulder.
News: LaVine (thigh) will not play in Wednesday's regular season finale against the Sixers.
Impact: As expected, LaVine will remain on the shelf and miss a 10th consecutive contest to conclude the season. The high-flying guard established new career-highs in scoring (23.7 PPG), rebounding (4.7 RPG), assists (4.5 APG) and field goal percentage (46.7% FG) this season while appearing in 63 contests and logging 34.5 minutes per game.
News: Dunn (back) is not expected to play Wednesday against the Sixers.
Impact: Dunn hasn't been on the floor since Mar. 23, and there's no reason for the Bulls to throw him back out there in what's ultimately a meaningless contest. Expect Ryan Arcidiacono to make another start at the point as the Bulls limp to the finish line.
News: Lopez ended with 12 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 96-86 loss to New York.
Impact: Lopez saw his highest minutes total in over two weeks Tuesday, finishing the game with 12 points in 31 minutes. The Bulls have been scaling back his role over the final few games but that does not take away from the fact he has been a standard league asset, basically since the All-Star break. The veteran has benefitted from the absence of a number of other players and is unlikely to have this sort of a role heading into next season.
News: Sampson totaled 11 points (4-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 33 minutes during Tuesday's 96-86 loss to the Knicks.
Impact: Sampson was a negative across all percentage based categories Tuesday, hurting a number of owners who had likely streamed him in for the back-to-back set. The playing time was still present and this performance is unlikely to impact his role for the final regular season game, coming up on Wednesday.
News: Harrison finished with 13 points (6-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 96-86 loss to New York.
Impact: Harrison continues his strong finish to the season and has certainly shown enough over the past couple of weeks to be considered for standard leagues moving forward. He is arguably a better option than Kris Dunn (back) but it remains to be seen exactly what his future holds.
News: Luwawu-Cabarrot will start Tuesday's game against the Knicks.
Impact: After two straight starts, Luwawu-Cabarrot came off the bench during the Bulls' most recent game. However, coach Jim Boylen has decided to throw him back out there.
News: Arcidiacono will start Tuesday's contest against the Knicks.
Impact: Coach Jim Boylen will change the starting five, giving the point guard his first start since March 30.
News: Harrison is considered probable for Tuesday's game against New York due to a left ankle sprain.
Impact: Harrison evidently picked up the injury during Saturday night's contest against the Sixers, although he's expected to play through the issue and start for the Bulls. JaKarr Sampson would figure to enter the starting five in the event Harrison is ruled out.
News: Porter (shoulder) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against New York, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
Impact: Porter will miss his 10th straight contest while dealing with a right shoulder strain. He appears unlikely to return for Chicago's regular-season finale Wednesday in Philly.
News: Dunn (back) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.
Impact: Dunn has been held out of the last six contests due to a back strain, so there's very little hope that he'll return for the team's final matchup. His last chance to play this season will come Wednesday in Philadelphia.
News: LaVine (thigh) won't play Tuesday against New York.
Impact: Unsurprisingly, LaVine will be held out of his ninth straight contest. His last chance to return this season will be Wednesday against the Sixers.
News: Lemon registered eight points (4-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt), eight rebounds, five assists and two steals across 30 minutes in the Bulls' 116-96 loss to the 76ers on Saturday.
Impact: Lemon's accuracy took a dive Saturday, but his work elsewhere still led him to a productive line. The 26-year-old has now alternated two strong shooting efforts with a pair of 25.0 percent tallies over the last four games, but he's averaging an impressive 14.3 points, 6.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals across 30.3 minutes during his brief stint with Chicago. Lemon should continue seeing extended minutes during the Bulls' final two games.
News: Luwawu-Cabarrot poured in 14 points (5-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and added six rebounds, one steal and one block across 27 minutes in the Bulls' 116-96 loss to the 76ers on Saturday.
Impact: The third-year guard continues to surge as the season comes to a close, with Sunday's double-digit scoring effort versus his old squad serving as his fourth straight. Luwawu-Cabarrot isn't necessarily getting it done with efficiency -- he's shot 41.7 percent or lower in three straight -- but a solid allotment off the bench is affording him enough opportunity to churn out strong returns in both scoring and rebounding.
News: Sampson racked up 29 points (11-17 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 35 minutes in the Bulls' 116-96 loss to the 76ers on Saturday.
Impact: Sampson's scoring total was a career high and extended what has been a spectacular three-game stint for the veteran wing. Factoring in Saturday's production, the 26-year-old is averaging 23.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.0 block and 1.0 steal over the last three contests, and he's likely to continue logging heavy minutes over the last two games of the season.
News: Luwawu-Cabarrot will come off the bench Saturday against the 76ers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: After starting two straight games, Luwawu-Cabarrot will come off the bench, as coach Jim Boylen has opted to give Rawle Alkins the start. Luwawu-Cabarrot should still see plenty of run, however. He's scored in double-digits in each of the past three games and hasn't slipped below 20 minutes since March 18.
News: Alkins will start Saturday's game against the 76ers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Alkins will get his first career start Saturday, replacing Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot at at small forward. Across seven games this season, Alkins is averaging 3.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 9.7 minutes.
News: Dunn (back) is out Saturday against the 76ers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Dunn has been out over the past five games due to a strained back and time is running out for him to step onto the court again. The Bulls have just two more games after Saturday.
News: Porter (shoulder) is out Saturday against the 76ers.
Impact: Porter has been out since March 18 due to a strained right shoulder. His next chance to play is Tuesday against the Knicks, which marks the Bulls' second-to-last game of the season.
News: Selden is probable for Saturday's matchup against the 76ers due to left knee soreness.
Impact: Selden played just 16 minutes on Wednesday, so it's possible he was dealing with some pain then. Either way, he'll most likely take the court Saturday. Over his past five games, which have all been starts, he's averaging 11.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 28.8 minutes.
News: LaVine (thigh) is listed as out for Saturday's game against the 76ers.
Impact: This will be LaVine's eight straight absence with both a thigh bruise and tendinitis in his right knee. With just two games left in the regular season after Saturday, chances are the high-flying guard is done for the season.
News: Dunn (back) is doubtful for Saturday's matchup against the 76ers.
Impact: Dunn is expected to miss a sixth straight contest while recovering from a mid-back strain. His next opportunity to play arrives Tuesday against the Knicks, and it marks the second-to-last game of the season.
News: Luwawu-Cabarrot collected 11 points (4-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, one assist, and one block in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 115-114 win over the Wizards.
Impact: Luwawu-Cabarrot drew his fourth start and reached double figures in scoring for the third straight game. His efficiency continues to leave a lot to be desired, but Luwawu-Cabarrot is at least worthy of consideration in deeper formats assuming that Kris Dunn (back) and Zach LaVine (thigh) remain sidelined.
News: Arcidiacono recorded 11 points (5-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, and four assists in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 115-114 win over the Wizards.
Impact: Arcidiacono came off the bench and saw the third-fewest minutes on the team, but he still managed to produce a serviceable stat line. The 25-year-old guard has reached double figures in scoring in four of the last five contests despite earning less than 20 minutes in four of them. Nevertheless, unless he rejoins the starting lineup or sees his playing time increased across the last three games, Arcidiacono is likely best reserved for deep leagues.
News: Alkins accumulated 11 points (4-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), five rebounds, and three assists in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 115-114 win over the Wizards.
Impact: Alkins finished with a career high scoring total in this his seventh NBA appearance. The rookie has seen double-digit minutes in three of the last four games, and based on the injury report Alkins is likely in line to earn ample time across the final three matchups.
News: Sampson supplied 18 points (6-11 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 115-114 win over the Wizards.
Impact: Sampson finished with season highs in rebounding, assists, and steals while matching his career high in made threes. The 26-year-old wing has seen substantial minutes across the last two tilts, and given the plethora of injuries there's a decent chance that trend continues across the final three games of 2018-19.
News: Lemon supplied 24 points (11-16 FG, 2-2 FT), eight assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 115-114 win over the Wizards.
Impact: Lemon amassed career highs in scoring and assists in this his third NBA appearance. While he delivered a dud (three-of-12 from the field) in Monday's loss to the Knicks, Lemon was absolutely electric in this one. Unless Zach LaVine (thigh) or Kris Dunn (back) return to the lineup in the near future, Lemon is likely to continue shouldering a large load offensively as the starting point guard.
News: Harrison produced 15 points (7-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 115-114 win over the Wizards.
Impact: Harrison had been listed as probable due to a strained left shoulder but gave it a go and registered a quality stat line. He continues to make a big impact defensively, plus Harrison has also reached double figures in scoring in four of the last five games. With the team dealing with a long list of injuries, Harrison is likely to continue earning ample time across the final three tilts.
News: Dunn (back) will not play Wednesday against the Wizards, NBC Sports Wizards reports.
Impact: Dunn was initially listed as doubtful, and he'll now miss his fifth straight game due to a back injury. Given how many players the Bulls have already shut down, it's entirely possible Dunn could remain out through the end of the season.
News: Harrison is probable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards due to a strained left shoulder.
Impact: Harrison is dealing with a shoulder injury following Monday's loss to the Knicks. However, the issue isn't expected to keep him out Wednesday.
News: Porter (shoulder) is unavailable for Wednesday's game against Washington.
Impact: Porter remains out with a right shoulder strain. His next chance to return will come Saturday against Philadelphia.
News: LaVine (thigh) won't play Wednesday against Washington.
Impact: LaVine is in line to miss his seventh straight matchup with a thigh bruise. The Bulls have yet to officially shut him down for the season, although with only three games remaining after Wednesday, it appears unlikely that LaVine will take the court again this season.
News: Dunn (back) is unlikely to play Wednesday against Washington.
Impact: Dunn has missed the last four games due to a back injury, and he appears on track to extend that streak to five after being handed a doubtful tag. The Bulls have given Walter Lemon, Ryan Arcidiacono and Shaquille Harrison a shot to start at point guard with Dunno on the shelf, so it remains to be seen who will take over ball-handling duties Wednesday night, assuming Dunn is officially ruled out at some point.
News: Sampson will come off the bench Monday against the Knicks, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Sampson started the last two games for the Bulls but will shift back to a bench role Monday. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will take his place in the starting lineup.
News: Luwawu-Cabarrot is starting Monday against the Knicks, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Luwawu-Cabarrot joins the first unit after securing a double-double in his previous matchup Saturday against Toronto. Monday marks just his third start of the 2018-2019 season.
News: Lemon will start Monday's game against the Knicks, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: After a strong performance in his Bulls debut, Lemon will join the starters for Monday's game against the Knicks. The Bulls are dealing with a number of injuries, with most of their usual starters out, so Lemon could potentially remain with the starters for the remaining five games. Lemon saw 31 minutes in his debut, and should be in line for a similar, if not larger, role now that he's with the starters.
News: Dunn (back) will not play in Monday's game against the Knicks, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Impact: Dunn will miss his fourth straight game as he continues to deal with a back injury. His next opportunity to play will come Wednesday against the Wizards and he should be considered questionable for that game at this time.
News: LaVine (thigh) will not play in Monday's game against the Knicks, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Impact: LaVine will miss his sixth straight game as he continues to deal with a bruised thigh. His next opportunity to play will come Wednesday against the Wizards.
News: Porter (shoulder) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Knicks, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Impact: Porter will miss his seventh straight game as he continues to deal with a strained right shoulder. The Bulls are continuing to handle the injury day-by-day, with his next opportunity to play coming Wednesday against the Wizards.
News: Lemon came away with 19 points (8-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-5 FT), six assists, four rebounds, four steals, and one block in 31 minutes during Saturday's 124-101 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Lemon made his season debut for the Bulls on Saturday, turning in a gem of a performance. He poured in a career-high 19 points, adding career-high numbers in rebounds, assists, and steals. In fact, prior to Saturday, he had scored a total of 17 points in his entire NBA career. The Bulls signed him for the remainder of the season and will likely want to see what they have. He should at least be in the rotation to finish the season but would need to do this again to be considered viable.
News: Luwawu-Cabbarot ended with 18 points (6-13 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 32 minutes during Saturday's 124-101 loss to Toronto.
Impact: Luwawu-Cabbarot had, by far, his best game of the season Saturday, hitting season-high marks in just about every category. Prior to this game, he had scored in double-digits just three times, and so we would certainly need to see a lot more before considering him in 12-team leagues.
News: Harrison compiled 15 points (6-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-5 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 32 minutes during Saturday's 124-101 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Harrison was effective again Saturday, chipping in across the board in the 23-point loss to the Raptors. Harrison has been excellent over the two weeks, making the most of his increased role. He has scored in double-digits in five of his last seven games while adding 45 rebounds, 19 assists, and 16 steals. The Bulls are basically running out a G-League team and Harrison should continue to receive plenty of run down the stretch making him a serviceable 12-team asset.
News: Blakeney will come off the bench for Saturday's game against the Raptors, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald dreprots.
Impact: Blakeney will be replaced in the starting lineup by Ryan Arcidiacono. Blakeney's averaging 7.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game this season.
News: Arcidiacono will rejoin the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Raptors, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Impact: Arcidiacono will return to the starting lineup after coming off the bench for Wednesday's tilt with the Blazers. He's reached double-figures in his last two games and is averaging 6.3 points, 3.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds across 24.3 minutes in 75 appearances this season.
News: LaVine (thigh) is out Saturday against the Raptors, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: As expected, LaVine's right thigh bruise will keep him out for a fifth straight contest. His next opportunity to take the floor arrives Monday against the Knicks.
News: LaVine (thigh) is doubtful for Saturday's matchup against the Raptors, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: LaVine will most likely be sidelined for a fifth straight contest. He may opt to test things out during morning shootaround before a final determination is made on his status.
News: Porter (shoulder) won't play Saturday against the Raptors, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Porter will miss a sixth straight game as he continues to recover from a strained right shoulder. His next opportunity to play arrives Monday against the Knicks.
News: Dunn (back) is out Saturday against the Raptors, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: A back issue will keep Dunn out for a third straight contest. Shaquille Harrison or Ryan Arcidiacono figure to draw the start at point guard.
News: Lemon will sign a contract with the Bulls for the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Half of the Bulls' roster is dealing with an injury, so Lemon will be added for depth. He hasn't racked up NBA minutes this season, but he played 35 total minutes for the Pelicans last year, accumulating 17 points, five assists, two rebounds and a block.
News: Felicio recorded 15 points (4-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 29 minutes in Wednesday's 118-98 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Felicio only missed two shots Wednesday night and they were both from deep, as Felicio went to work on the interior. He was most dominant at the line, where he made seven shots en route to tying his season-high scoring total.
News: Lopez finished with 15 points (7-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine rebounds and four assists across 28 minutes in Wednesday's 118-98 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Lopez was his usual self Wednesday night, collecting mediocre scoring totals on 50 percent shooting with solid rebounding numbers. On a team that's experimenting with the backcourt, the Bulls have their anchor in the paint for the time being to help assist in the development of the young guards.
News: Selden collected 11 points (5-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt), 12 rebounds, four assists and one steal across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 118-98 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Selden has now started two games for the Bulls, in which he has averaged 15.5 points, but it was a tale of two games. His first start was efficient, while he struggled to hit anything in his second start. However, what was lost in shooting was made up on the glass, as he increased his rebound total by 10 to post his first-career double-double. Selden could see more minutes down the stretch on a depleted and non-contending roster.
News: Harrison contributed 21 points (10-17 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals across 30 minutes in Wednesday's 118-98 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Harrison has now started five games for the Bulls, averaging 13.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.8 steals from the guard spot. His defensive work has certainly helped him earn more time, and the Bulls have minutes to allocate in what is a lost season for the team.
News: Markkanen (fatigue) will be shut down for the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Markkanen was ruled out of Wednesday's game dealing with an illness after needing to leave Tuesday's game early due to fatigue. With the end of the season very close, and the Bulls near the bottom of the standings, there's no need to risk anything serious. With six games remaining, Robin Lopez and Cristiano Felicio should see a larger role. He's been undergoing testing as he reportedly experienced rapid heart rate and fatigue, however the tests all came back with positive results.
News: Blakeney will start Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Blakeney will make his third start in four games for the injury-decimated Bulls. Across the past three games, he's averaging 7.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23.7 minutes.
News: Sampson will start Wednesday's contest against the Trail Blazers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: The Bulls' frontcourt is decimated by injuries, so Sampson will draw the first start of his career in his eighth NBA game. During Tuesday's game, he dropped 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes.
News: Arcidiacono will come off the bench Wednesday against the Blazers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Coach Jim Boylen has opted to start Shaquille Harrison at point guard in the wake of a myriad of injuries. Arcidiacono still figures to see a solid workload in a decimated backcourt.
News: Markkanen (illness) will not play Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Impact: Markkanen left Tuesday's game against the Raptors early after dealing with some symptoms of an illness. The issue is still bothering him, and he'll miss his first game since Nov. 30. In his place, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot could draw a start at power forward and/or see extra run.
News: Dunn (back) is out Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Impact: Dunn will miss a second straight contest. In his absence, Ryan Arcidiacono should draw another start.
News: LaVine (thigh) is out Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Impact: LaVine (thigh) will miss a fourth straight contest Wednesday, and the Bulls will be extremely short-handed. It's possible LaVine makes a return Saturday against the Raptors.
News: Porter (shoulder) is out Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Impact: Porter will miss a fifth straight game Wednesday, and the Bulls will be extremely short-handed. His next chance to play arrives Saturday against the Raptors.
News: Blakeney had 11 points (5-15 FG, 1-2 3Pt), six rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 21 minutes during Tuesday's 112-103 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Blakeney finished with more field goal attempts than points. Still, he filled up the stat sheet, and with the Bulls beaten up by injuries, he may remain a pretty appealing option in leagues that primarily value counting stats across the final seven games of 2018-19.
News: Sampson produced 10 points (3-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 23 minutes during Tuesday's 112-103 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Sampson finished with career highs in scoring, rebounding, assists, and minutes, though this was just his seventh appearance. Given the laundry list of injuries the Bulls are dealing with, the 21-year-old rookie could be in line to receive decent minutes once again during Wednesday's matchup with the Trail Blazers. Nevertheless, at this point he's merely a dart throw in daily leagues.
News: Arcidiacono accumulated 13 points (5-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 112-103 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Arcidiacono drew the start while the backcourt duo of Kris Dunn (back) and Zach LaVine (thigh) were forced to sit this one out. Given the plethora of injured players on the roster, Arcidiacono is a good bet to earn another start (or at least see heavy minutes) during Wednesday's matchup with the Trail Blazers. Moreover, he could be a consistent contributor across the team's last seven tilts.
News: Selden supplied 20 points (8-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three steals, two rebounds, and two assists in 40 minutes during Tuesday's 112-103 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Selden earned a career high minute total and matched his season high in scoring. With Otto Porter (shoulder), Zach LaVine (thigh), and Kris Dunn (back) all sidelined and Chandler Hutchison (toe), Denzel Valentine (ankle), and Wendell Carter (thumb) already ruled out for the rest of the season, Selden saw significant time as the starting small forward. Moreover, he's a good candidate to see fairly heavy minutes across the team's last seven games.
News: Markkanen is considered questionable to return to Tuesday's tilt against the Raptors due to an illness.
Impact: Markkanen provided ten points (2-10 FG, 1-3 3PT, 5-6 FT), nine rebounds, two blocks, and a steal across 16 minutes in the first half, but was replaced by Brandon Sampson to start the second. Given that the Raptors have a healthy lead, it would not be surprising to see the Bulls err on the side of caution with their young sharp-shooter. Still, expect an update on his status once the team provides more information.
News: Blakeney will come off the bench Tuesday against the Raptors.
Impact: Coach Jim Boylen will give Wayne Selden the opportunity at shooting guard Tuesday. Considering the long injury report for the Bulls, however, Blakeney could still see 20-plus minutes.
News: Selden will start Tuesday's game against the Raptors.
Impact: With Otto Porter (shoulder), Zach LaVine (thigh) and Kris Dunn (back) all sidelined, coach Jim Boylen will give Selden at shot at shooting guard. Across five previous starts this season, he's averaged 10.8 points, 3.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 31.2 minutes.
News: Arcidiacono will start Tuesday against the Raptors.
Impact: Kris Dunn's (back) absence will open up a spot for Arcidiacono. In 28 previous starts this season, he's averaged 7.5 points, 3.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 30.5 minutes.
News: Dunn (back) is out Tuesday against the Raptors.
Impact: As expected, Dunn will sit out Tuesday's game. The absence opens up time for Ryan Arcidiacono to see more run. Lauri Markkanen could also see more usage.
News: Dunn (back) is not expected to be available for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Impact: Dunn apparently aggravated his sore back over the weekend and was unable to practice Monday, so the Bulls are expecting to be without their starting point guard Tuesday night. Assuming that's ultimately the case, Ryan Arcidiacono would likely fill the vacant spot in the starting lineup.
News: Porter (shoulder) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Impact: Porter hasn't been able to practice either of the last two days, so he'll miss a fourth consecutive contest as he continues to deal with soreness in his shoulder. Given that the Bulls are playing on the first night of a road/home back-to-back, there's a good chance Porter's absence streak could end up reaching five games. With Zach LaVine (thigh) out and Kris Dunn (back) doubtful, expect Shaq Harrison, Ryan Arcidiacono, Wayne Selden and Antonio Blakeney to each be in line for potential minutes boosts.
News: LaVine (thigh) will not play Tuesday against the Raptors.
Impact: It'll be the third straight absence for LaVine, who was held out of practice Sunday and Monday. The hope is that he may be able to return for Wednesday's home matchup with the Blazers, but his status is very much clouded at this point. With Otto Porter (shoulder) also out and Kris Dunn (back) doubtful, the Bulls will likely be without three starters Tuesday.
News: LaVine (thigh) did not practice Sunday, Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald reports.
Impact: A thigh bruise has kept LaVine out of the last two games, and he should be considered firmly questionable for Tuesday's game in Toronto, though with another day to recover, he'll have a decent chance to get back on the floor.
News: Felicio totaled 10 points (5-8 FG), six rebounds and two assists over 25 minutes in the Bulls' loss to the Jazz on Saturday.
Impact: Felicio scored in double-digits for the third game in a row, adding six boards and two dimes. His increased playing time over his last four games have led to averages of 9.8 points and 7.5 rebounds over 20.8 minutes.
News: Harrison totaled six points (2-9 FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal over 39 minutes in the Bulls' loss to the Jazz on Saturday.
Impact: Harrison got another start in Saturday's loss, pacing the Bulls in minutes in a blowout loss. Although he scored only six points, he still had a productive game with solid rebounding and defensive stats. Expect Harrison to continue to see heavy minutes over the rest of the season.
News: Lopez totaled 10 points (5-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and one assist over 22 minutes in the Bulls' loss to the Jazz on Saturday.
Impact: Lopez didn't do much in Saturday's matchup with the Jazz, though the Bulls collectively scored only 83 points in a 31-point blowout loss. Lopez can get buckets and swat shots very effectively at times, but his production is too inconsistent. He's a great daily play targeting the right matchups, but he's not as appealing in season-long leagues.
News: Markkanen totaled 18 points (6-20 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 10 rebounds and a steal over 26 minutes in the Bulls' loss to the Jazz on Saturday.
Impact: Markannen came away with a double-double on a night that no one else on the team could do much in a crushing loss. Markkanen has taken a big step in his second year in the league, averaging career highs in points (18.9), rebounds (9.0) and assists (1.5). At only 21 years old, he still has room to grow his game even further.
News: Dunn (back) will play Saturday against the Jazz, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Impact: As expected, Dunn will play through some back soreness. During the Bulls' most recent game, he dropped 26 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes.
News: LaVine (thigh) will not play Saturday against the Jazz, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After being a late scratch from Wednesday's overtime win over the Wizards due to a bruised thigh, LaVine was ruled probable heading into Saturday's contest. However, it appears the injury will force LaVine to sit another night, leaving Antonio Blakeney to likely make another spot start.
News: Dunn (back) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's game against Utah, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Impact: Although he didn't practice Friday, it looks increasingly likely that Dunn will play against the Jazz. In 45 games this season, the third-year guard's averaging 11.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 30.4 minutes.
News: Carter will miss the rest of the season due to a left thumb injury.
Impact: Carter, who hasn't played since January 17th, is officially done for the season according to the Bulls. It appears as if the team is airing on the side of caution with their young center as his recovery, to this point, has gone according to plan. While his absence has been a short-term setback for the young team, Carter is on track to be ready for the beginning of the 2019-20 season.
News: Hutchison (toe) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Impact: A broken toe will keep the rookie out for the remainder of the year. He'll finish his first season having played in 44 games, averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20.3 minutes. He is expected to be fully healed for summer league.
News: Porter (shoulder) won't play in saturday's game against the Jazz, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
Impact: Porter is slated to miss his third-straight game due to a right shoulder strain. Look for Shaquille Harrison to continue to see a boost in run in Porter's absence.
News: Dunn didn't practice Friday due to a mid-back strain, and he's questionable for Saturday's matchup against the Jazz, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Dunn seemingly picked up the injury during Wednesday's win over the Wizards, where he played 39 minutes and posted 26 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and two steals. More information regarding his availability for Saturday may arrive following the Bulls' morning shootaround.
News: Porter (shoulder) is considered doubtful for Saturday's game against the Jazz, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: This will likely be Porter's third straight absence while he continues to work through a rotator cuff injury in his right shoulder. Shaquille Harrison is in line to get yet another start at small forward Saturday in Porter's absence.
News: LaVine (thigh) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's matchup against the Jazz, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: LaVine is dealing with a bruised right thigh, and he wants to warm up and see how he feels before a decision is made regarding his availability. He was a late scratch during Wednesday's win over the Wizards, prompting Antonio Blakeney to draw the start.
News: Felicio finished with 15 points (7-11 FG, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 21 minutes in the Bulls' win over the Wizards on Wednesday.
Impact: Felicio produced a season-high 15 points in Wednesday's win. He has been a rotation player all season but has been given extra playing time recently with mild results. Felicio may get some additional opportunities to close out the regular season, but he needs to be left on waivers outside of deep leagues.
News: Harrison totaled 18 points (7-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds and four steals across 39 minutes in the Bulls' win over the Wizards on Wednesday.
Impact: Harrison had a big game playing in the starting lineup in Wednesday's win. He scored his second-most points of the season while recording four steals for the second straight game. Playing in place of the injured Otto Porter (shoulder), Harrison has been effective and may see more playing time with the Bulls eliminated from the playoffs.
News: Dunn finished with 26 points (10-24 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 13 assists, six rebounds and two steals across 39 minutes in the Bulls' win over the Wizards on Wednesday.
Impact: Dunn scored a season-high 26 points in Wednesday's win, accumulating a big double-double. Dunn produced his most assists since Jan. 4 and his second-most of the season. While the assist totals are encouraging, it's worth noting that Dunn has only it double-digit assists in a game three times this season.
News: Markkanen produced 32 points (12-21 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 13 rebounds, five assists and a block across 37 minutes in the Bulls' win over the Wizards on Wednesday.
Impact: Markkanen was fantastic in Wednesday's win, producing a huge double-double with points and rebounds and adding five helpers and a block. He's a capable scorer, but his scoring explosion was owed at least partially to the absences of Zach LaVine (thigh) and Otto Porter (shoulder).
News: Blakeney will start Wednesday's game against Washington.
Impact: In a turn of events, Blakeney will get the start in place of Zach LaVine, who was a late scratch with a thigh injury. In 50 games this year, Blakeney's averaged 7.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 13.5 minutes.
News: LaVine (thigh) won't play in Wednesday's game against the Wizards, Zach Rosen of the Wizards' official site reports.
Impact: After being designated as available, LaVine was a late scratch Wednesday. He's dealing with a thigh bruise and likely felt more pain than he anticipated while warming up ahead of tipoff. Antonio Blakeney will get the start, while LaVine prepares for a potential return Saturday against the Jazz.
News: LaVine (thigh) will play Wednesday against the Wizards, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Impact: As expected, despite a bruised right thigh, LaVine will take the court Wednesday. Over his past three appearances, he's averaging 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.3 minutes.