Chicago Bulls Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Carter (thumb) will not play in Thursday's game against the Nuggets, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: This comes as no surprise given Carter is dealing with a sprained thumb that is leaving his availability for the next few weeks in doubt. The Bulls are currently calling the big man day-to-day, but he is set for an official evaluation when the team returns back to Chicago on Friday. With Carter out Thursday, Robin Lopez, Bobby Portis and Cristiano Felicio could all be in line for extended minutes in the froncourt.
News: Carter has been diagnosed with a sprained thumb and the Bulls are "prepared to call him day-to-day", K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: There was some fear in the Bulls organization that Carter could miss up to a month, but the rookie has avoided a torn ligament, being diagnosed with a sprain and not a fracture. This is certainly a relief for Carter and the team, which has dealt with a myriad of injuries all season. It seems unlikely Carter will suit up for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, though more specific information on the center's timetable should emerge in the near future. Assuming he misses time, Robin Lopez, Bobby Portis and Cristiano Felicio are all candidates to see upticks in usage.
News: Lopez could return to the Bulls' rotation over the next few games with Wendell Carter (thumb) set to miss time.
Impact: Carter was initially expected to miss multiple weeks, but it looks as though his thumb injury is much less serious than initially anticipated. Even so, Lopez could return to seeing minutes in the short-term should Carter miss a handful of games. Coach Jim Boylen indicated earlier in the week that Lopez would move into a decreased role going forward, and that was borne out in Tuesday's game against the Lakers, when Lopez did not see the floor.
News: Carter (thumb) is expected to miss several weeks, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: The Bulls are still awaiting the results of additional tests on the rookie's thumb, but Johnson notes that surgery has not been ruled out, while the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Carter could be set to miss as much as six weeks of action. A more detailed and concrete timetable will likely be available in the coming hours, but for now it looks as though Carter will be sidelined indefinitely with an injury that could leave him on the shelf until around the All-Star break.
News: Carter's (thumb) MRI has yet to return and there is internal worry that the injury could be "significant", K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Carter suffered the injury during Tuesday's loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles, and it seems the rookie could be in for an extended absence. More information will emerge once his MRI results are revealed, but initial rumblings aren't encouraging.
News: Carter, in addition to waking up with tenderness in his left knee, underwent an MRI for his left thumb, which he injured Tuesday against the Lakers.
Impact: Carter is banged up following Tuesday's loss, and he may end up on the injury report for Thursday's matchup in Denver. More information should arrive in the time leading up to the contest, but if the rookie does end up missing time, Bobby Portis, Cristiano Felicio and Robin Lopez could all see extra run.
News: Parker appears to be back in the Bulls' regular rotation, Sam Smith of Bulls.com reports.
Impact: Parker scored a team-high 18 points in Tuesday's loss to the Lakers, but more importantly he played double-digit minutes for the second straight game after a string of DNP-CD's in December and early January. The former No. 2 overall pick quickly fell out of the rotation after Jim Boylen took over for Fred Hoiberg, but Boylen confirmed Tuesday that Parker has earned his way back onto the court on a regular basis. "I know what I can do; I am the same guy," said Parker after Tuesday's loss. "Every time when I go out there it's going to be the same thing, be solid, play smart and see how it goes. (For us now), it's just stay with it, keep on trusting each other, keep on boosting each other's confidence. That's what's going to help us. Play for one another, and just the things we have already. We just have to sharpen them and we're going to do that."
News: Arcidiacono offered 12 points (3-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block across 19 minutes in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Impact: The second-year guard turned in his second double-digit scoring effort over the last three contests, a brief surge after a multi-game stretch of pedestrian production. Arcidiacono hadn't scored more than five points in the seven games prior to the current stretch, a sample that includes a trio of scoreless efforts. Kris Dunn's return to health Dec. 10 naturally led to a dip in production for Arcidiacono, but he'll regain some relevance if he can keep up his recent improvement over an appreciable span of games.
News: Hutchison totaled 12 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and two steals across 27 minutes in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Impact: Despite the disappointing team outcome, Tuesday's game was another step on the right direction for the rookie, who's put together back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts for the first time in his career. Hutchison has shot well over 50 percent on each of those games as well, and he's also developing into a steady force on the boards. Factoring in his line versus the Lakers, Hutchison has pulled down between five and eight rebounds in his last four contests, his most productive stretch in that category thus far.
News: LaVine finished with 10 points (4-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight assists and four rebounds across 33 minutes in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Impact: LaVine's ragged shooting night was partly the result of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's solid defense, and it led to the fifth-year guard's lowest scoring total since Nov. 30. LaVine has scuffled from the field more often than not lately, as he now has three sub-40-percent shooting tallies in the last four games. He did help make up for his offensive shortfall with strong work as a facilitator, however, as his assist total Tuesday qualified as his highest since Dec. 4.
News: Markkanen tallied 17 points (6-14 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, one steal and one block across 31 minutes in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Impact: Markkanen's scoring total led the starting five and was second only to Jabari Parker's on the night. The second-year big has bounced back from a pair of sub-40-percent shooting efforts to eclipse the mark in each of his last two games. However, three-point shooting has been a struggle since the calendar flipped to 2019, and Markkanen has gone 4-for-21 from behind the arc over the last four games specifically.
News: Parker posted 18 points (7-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two steals across 17 minutes in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Impact: Parker's ultra-efficient performance off the bench led to a team-high scoring total in the loss. It was the second straight appearance for the 2014 second overall pick, a pair of games in which he's averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal. There were plenty of rumors earlier in the season that Parker was as good as gone from the Windy City as soon as a trade partner was found, but with that scenario apparently less likely at this point, it appears the five-year veteran may become a regular part of the frontcourt rotation once again.