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44 Nikola Mirotic PF
Height/Weight: 6-10/220 | Birthdate: 2/11/1991 | Birthplace: Titograd, Montenegro, Yugoslavia | Team: Chicago Bulls | College: No College | NBA Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 88/63
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Bulls' Pau Gasol (hamstring) out for Tuesday's Game 5


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has confirmed that Pau Gasol (hamstring) is out for Tuesday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Cleveland, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Gasol sat out Game 4 with a hamstring injury and did not practice Monday, only doing rehab work to the hamstring.

Gasol has not ruled out playing in Game 6, but added that he hasn't run at full speed or changed direction yet.

On Tuesday, Gasol worked through a series of stretching exercises for the strained left hamstring with Thibodeau keeping hope that his power forward would be a game-time decision.

Asked whether Gasol was improving, Thibodeau said, "A little bit."

Without Gasol, Nikola Mirotic saw an increase in minutes for the Bulls in Game 4.

Gasol has averaged 12.6 points and six rebounds for the three games he's played in the series.


Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says entire team healthy for Game 5


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said his team is healthy and everybody should be ready to play for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Bucks on Monday, reports ESPNChicago.com.

Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic missed Game 3 of the series with a bruised left knee and strained quadriceps but played in Game 4, saying afterwards he was not one hundred percent during the contest.

The Bulls lead the series 3-1.

Bulls F Nikola Mirotic's knee held up after Saturday's game


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Though he admitted to not feeling 100 percent, Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic said he was happy his injured knee held up in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Bucks, according to ESPN Chicago. 

Mirotic missed Game 3 and didn't have the best game on Saturday. He finished the game with five points, two assists and one rebound. 


Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic available to play Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is available to play Saturday in Game 4 against the Bucks, coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game per NBA.com.

Mirotic, who missed Game 3 with a bruised left knee and strained quadriceps, was warming up without an issue before the game and given the green light to play.

"We'll go back to our old rotation. There's enough for everybody."


Status of F Nikola Mirotic for Game 4 remains uncertain


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The bruised left knee of Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is improving, but the team remains unsure of his status for Game 4 of their playoff series against Milwaukee, The Associated Press has reported.

Mirotic might not be available until at least a likely second-round battle against Cleveland. The Bulls can complete a sweep of the Bucks on Saturday.

Tom Thibodeau said it was a good sign that Mirotic has been shooting, but admitted that he was doing no running. "We don't want to jump ahead," Thibodeau said. "If he's ready to play, he plays; if he's not ready to play, he'll sit. It's that simple."


Thibodeau: Bulls F Nikola Mirotic didn't run Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic (knee) increased his workload Friday, but was still unable to run, Tom Thibodeau told ESPN. It remains to be seen if he's available when Chicago attempts to complete a first-round playoff sweep of Milwaukee on Saturday.

Mirotic played 35 minutes combined in the first two games before going down.


Bulls unsure if Nikola Mirotic will play in Game 4


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Although Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic has already been declared out of Game 3 at Milwaukee on Thursday, there is still a possibility he could play in Game 4 on Saturday, reports ESPNChicago.com.

Mirotic will continue to receive treatment on his sore knee and strained quad, but he said he is unsure if he'll be ready for Game 4. Mirotic sustained the injuries near the end of the Game 2 win over the Bucks.

The Bulls are 3-point favorites over the Bucks on Thursday.


Bulls F Nikola Mirotic will not play in Game 3; Hinrich questionable


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) The Bulls ruled forward Nikola Mirotic out of Game 3 at Milwaukee, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Mirotic suffered a quad strain and swollen knee during Game 2 on Monday and he was expected to need a few days to recover. Tony Snell will likely see an increased role with Mirotic sidelined.

Meanwhile, guard Kirk Hinrich is considered questionable with a hyperextended left knee. The injury caused Hinrich to miss the last two games of the regular season and first two games against the Bucks.

The Bulls are 3-point favorites over the Bucks on Thursday.


Bulls F Nikola Mirotic 'most likely' out for Game 3


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/22/2015) Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic, who is dealing with both a quad strain and swollen knee was labeled "most likely" out of Game 3 of the team's playoff series against the Bucks by coach Tom Thibodeau, per ESPN Chicago. 

Mirotic, who scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds before leaving late in the fourth quarter after scrambling for a loose ball, has been undergoing treatment, but apparently the quad has not responded. 

Tony Snell or rookie Doug McDermott likely will see minutes in Mirotic's absence. 


Bulls F Nikola Mirotic (quad, knee) unlikely for Game 3


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Tuesday that forward Nikola Mirotic will need a few days to receive treatment for a quad strain and swollen knee, reports ESPNChicago.com.

Mirotic suffered the injury near the end of Monday's Game 2 win over the Bucks and he has a wrap over his left knee. Mirotic will receive treatment 2-3 times a day, but it is unlikely he will play in Game 3 on Thursday.

The Bulls are 3-point favorites for Game 3 at Milwaukee. 


Bulls' Nikola Mirotic not believed to have ligament damage


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is not believed to have ligament damage after suffering a left quad strain Monday, CBSSports.com NBA Insider Ken Beger reports.

Mirotic left Monday's game after tweaking his leg during a battle for a loose ball in the fourth quarter. He is being re-evaluated, and if he needs to miss time, the Bulls would have to go smaller with their second unit, meaning more time for Tony Snell and possibly playoff minutes for rookie Doug McDermott.


Bulls F Nikola Mirotic injures quad in win over Bucks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic was forced to exit Monday's 91-82 playoff win over the Bucks with what the team announced to be a strained left quadricep.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Mirotic was seen limping in the postgame locker room. ESPN Chicago reports that a large knot could be seen around his knee. 

Mirotic was injured late in the fourth quarter after a collision with O.J. Mayo. He was also involved in a skirmish with Zaza Pachulia that resulted in Pachulia's second technical foul and subsequent ejection. 

Mirotic scored eight points and brought down four rebounds in the game. 


Bulls F Nikola Mirotic continues fourth-quarter excellence


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/24/2015) When it comes to clutch play, no one has been better in March than Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic, who is averaging a league-high 9.5 points in the final period since March 1, per ESPN.com.

Coming off the bench, Mirotic scored 14 points in the fourth to help the Bulls defeat the Hornets Monday and is averaging more than 20 points and 8 rebounds in March. 

"I'm playing in all the games," Mirotic told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I'm playing plus-30 minutes, and it's a great feeling. This is the adjustment for me, too. I'm working hard to stay out there, especially mentally. I know if I'm mentally good, then I can push myself and play good basketball."


PF Nikola Mirotic's 28 points off the bench lift Bulls in win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/23/2015) Power forward Nikola Mirotic tallied 28 points and 8 rebounds off the bench to lead the Bulls past the Hornets, 98-86.

Mirotic has now scored 25 or more points in four of his last five games.


Career-high 29 for Nikola Mirotic leads Bulls


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Nikola Mirotic matched a career high with 29 points off the bench to help lead the Bulls to a 108-92 win over the Raptors on Friday. 

Mirotic topped 25 points for the third straight game, hitting 11 of his 21 shots. He added 11 rebounds and blocked four shots for the Bulls. 

Mirotic scored 10 points in a four-minute stretch in the first quarter to help put the Bulls out in front. 

Mirotic is averaging 20.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in March. 

'Just a continuation of what he's been doing,'' coach Tom Thibodeau said. ''It's been a great run for him, and he's doing it. ... It's effortless for him right now.''

The Bulls next play at the Pistons on Saturday. 


PF Nikola Mirotic leads Bulls past Pacers


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Bulls power forward Nikola Mirotic scored 25 points on Wednesday in a victory over the Pacers 103-86.

Mirotic was 8 for 15 from the field with nine rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes on the court. The 24-year-old is averaging 9.0 points and 4.8 rebounds this season.


Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau critiques Nikola Mirotic's defense


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Although Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he was pleased with forward Nikola Mirotic's offensive production Sunday, he said Mirotic's defense needs improving, reports the Chicago Tribune.

"It was good at times offensively. But defensively, it was problematic," Thibodeau said.

Mirotic came off the bench to score 27 points during Sunday's loss to the Thunder. He also added four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.


Bulls PF Nikola Mirotic scores team-high 26 vs. Thunder


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Bulls power forward Nikola Mirotic scored a team-high 26 points on 5 of 15 shooting, including 2 of 9 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 108-105 win over the Thunder Thursday.

Mirotic did a majority of his damage at the free-throw line, making 14 of his 16 attempts from the charity stripe. He's seen an increase in playing time over the last three games, averaging 26 points during that stretch. Mirotic also chipped in eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 34 minutes in the win.

The Bulls will look for a third straight victory Friday against the Pacers.


Bulls list Nikola Mirotic as probable for Thursday's game


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is considered probable for Thursday's game against the Thunder after suffering a left shoulder contusion, the team announced. 

Mirotic, who is averaging 26 points over his last two games, has filled in nicely for Chicago after Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose went down with injuries.

"Niko's a stud," center Joakim Noah said to the Chicago Tribune. "Floor spacing is very important in this league. Niko can do that very well."

Noah wasn't the only teammate to sing Mirotic's praises.

"He has been playing great, making the right reads," Aaron Brooks said. "Every game, it seems he gets smarter. He has the game. It's just adjusting it to the NBA."


Bulls' Jimmy Butler could miss 3-6 weeks with elbow sprain


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) An MRI revealed Bulls guard Jimmy Butler suffered an elbow sprain and he could miss three-to-six weeks, the team announced Monday.

Butler injured his elbow during Sunday's game against the Clippers and he was not able to finish the contest, but he will not need surgery.

In 55 games, Butler is averaging 20.2 points and 5.9 rebounds. Frowards Tony Snell and Nikola Mirotic are expected to see their roles increase with Butler sidelined.

Butler will be evaluated on a weekly basis in the hopes of returning sooner, a source told the Chicago Tribune.


Nikola Mirotic scores career-high 29 for Bulls


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Nikola Mirotic scored a career-high 29 points for the Bulls in a 96-86 loss to the Clippers on Sunday. 

Mirotic hit 11 of 23 shots, while the rest of the Bulls shot just 16-of-64 (25 percent). 

In the fourth quarter, Mirotic shot six-of-12 and scored 16 of the 17 points that the Bulls posted in the quarter. 

The Bulls next play Tuesday against the Wizards. 


Rising Stars Challenge participants for All-Star Weekend named


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) The 20 first- and second-year participants for the Rising Stars Challenge held on Feb. 13 during All-Star Weekend have been announced.

The U.S. team will be represented by 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams and forward Nerlens Noel; Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine and forward Shabazz Muhammad; Magic guards Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo; Jazz guard Trey Burke; Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwelll-Pope; Nets center Mason Plumlee; and Hornets center Cody Zeller.

The world team will be represented by Jazz guard Dante Exum and center Rudy Gobert; Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo; Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic; Hawks guard Dennis Schroder; Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic; Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins and center Gorgui Dieng; Thunder center Steven Adams; and Celtics center Kelly Olynyk.


Bulls rule forward Mike Dunleavy out Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters forward Mike Dunleavy will not play in Wednesday’s game against the Jazz, reports ESPN Chicago.

It will be the third straight game Dunleavy has missed since sustaining a foot injury. Forward Nikola Mirotic has seen his minutes increase during Dunleavy’s absence.

The Bulls are 10 1/2-point favorites.


Bulls SF Mike Dunleavy 'likely out' vs. Rockets


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/5/2015) Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy is no longer in a walking boot but is "likely out" for Monday's game against the Rockets, reports the Chicago Tribune. Coach Tom Thibodeau called Dunleavy a gametime decision.

Dunleavy hurt his foot Thursday against the Nuggets and missed Saturday's game against the Celtics. If Dunleavy sits out Monday as expected, Nikola Mirotic could make his second straight start.


Bulls PF Nikola Mirotic draws first start Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2015) Bulls power forward Nikola Mirotic is in the starting lineup for the first time this season for Saturday's game against the Celtics.

The Bulls are playing without small forward Mike Dunleavy (foot), allowing Mirotic to work his way into the lineup. He hasn't cracked the 20-minute barrier since Dec. 19, when he scored 27 points in 30 minutes against Memphis. Mirotic has averaged 8.0 points on 43.9 percent shooting in 33 games.

Chicago is a 10-point home favorite Saturday against Boston.