• Jimmy Butler (knee) returned to action in Monday’s road win over the Raptors, scoring 13 points on 5-of-18 shooting with five rebounds, six assists and two steals over 34 minutes.

    Butler was rusty but not rusty enough to stay with DeMar DeRozan for the length of the court and slap the ball out of his hand on the game’s final play.  So far we haven’t heard anything bad about his knee and owners can be cautiously optimistic that he will be able to stay on the floor.  Taj Gibson (13 points, 10 boards, three assists, one steal, one block) and Nikola Mirotic (17 points, three treys, five boards, two assists, one steal, one block) enjoyed life without Pau Gasol and they’ll get at least one more game with Pau out.  They’re must-start players and probable must-own players for at least the next three weeks while the Bulls have a maxed out schedule. 

     

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