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Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

Nikola Mirotic could miss Game 3 against Bucks


Nikola Mirotic twice took a beating from the Bucks’ Zaza Pachulia in Game 2.

The second dustup could have the Bulls forward sidelined for Game 3.

Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago:

If Game 3 was Tuesday, the strained left knee Nikola Mirotic suffered late in the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks would keep him sidelined, and it appears the Bulls are likely taking the cautious approach with their valuable reserve.

Mirotic was walking very gingerly through the Advocate Center with a wrap around his left knee after the Bulls’ film session, and coach Tom Thibodeau wasn’t ready to make any kind of declarations when speaking to the media.

“We’ll see. It’s going to be a few days,” Thibodeau said.  “We want to see how he responds to treatment and then we’ll go from there.”

Mirotic underwent electric stimulation on the knee, and presumably was checked for a concussion after a collision during the same play. Thibodeau indicated Mirotic went through the league-mandated checkpoints and was cleared.

Mirotic hasn’t exactly excelled so far in this series, but don’t overreact to just two games. He spreads the floor and gets to the line – two traits that make things easier for Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose. The Bulls are especially running through their guards against Milwaukee, and Mirotic complements that style.

With a 2-0 series lead heading into Thursday’s Game 3, Chicago is in good shape regardless. But getting Mirotic cleared would help.

Bucks’ Zaza Pachulia ejected after two incidents with Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic, who left the game due to injury (VIDEO)

Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

The Bucks were in desperation mode in Game 2 against the Bulls on Tuesday, perhaps realizing that their only shot to compete in the series is to muck things up.

After an early tussle that saw four players pick up technical fouls, Milwaukee’s Zaza Pachulia picked up two technicals of his own in a one-minute span late in the fourth quarter, both stemming from hits he delivered to Nikola Mirotic.

The first was an elbow to the back of the head on a rebound, while the second came after a scramble for a loose ball on the floor.

Mirotic left the game a short time later, and was said to be dealing with multiple injuries afterward.

From Nick Friedell of ESPN.com:

The Bulls said Mirotic has a left quad strain and will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning. Mirotic also has a swollen left knee, and the fear in the locker room immediately after the 91-82 win over the Milwaukee Bucks was that he might have a concussion as well. …

While it’s unclear when Mirotic injured his knee, he did get caught under a big pile as he and Pachulia grappled on the floor. He was taken out of the game immediately after the scuffle and was looked at by Bulls trainer Jeff Tanaka on the bench. Mirotic headed to the locker room before the final buzzer to get ice and treatment.

“Hopefully it won’t be anything serious,” Bulls big man Pau Gasol said. “I think Zaza had a couple of bad plays, not basketball plays. He got penalized with technicals, but just got to protect players.”

Mirotic is an important part of what the Bulls do, so his status will be something to watch.

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The scene shifts to Milwaukee for Game 3 on Thursday.

[via SB Nation]

Jimmy Butler with powerful two-hand slam as part of his 14-point fourth (VIDEO)

Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

Monday night’s Game 2 wasn’t a pretty offensive game, but Jimmy Butler looked good when Chicago needed him to.

This two-handed slam — more around the late-arriving Zaza Pachulia than over him — was part of a 14-point fourth quarter that helped the Bulls pull away from the Bucks and take a 2-0 series lead.

It was the kind of grind-it-out win the Bulls have been known for in previous seasons, but we haven’t seen much of in this one. In those kinds of games, someone needs to provide enough offense late, and Butler is now a guy who can bring that for Chicago.