Bulls without 2 starters against Celtics

CHICAGO (AP) Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy Jr. will not play for the Bulls tonight against the Boston Celtics.

Butler is on bereavement leave, and Dunleavy will miss the game due to a right ankle injury. Butler is averaging a team-leading 21.9 points along with 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season.

Dunleavy was hurt Thursday in the Bulls’ 106-101 victory over the Denver Nuggets. He had yet to miss a game with the Bulls since joining the team in 2013. Dunleavy is averaging 9.6 points and 3.8 rebounds this season.

The Bulls are also without rookie Doug McDermott, who has a right knee injury and has not played since Nov. 30.