According to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, Bulls rookie James Johnson will be a game-time decision for Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Johnson participated in a Tuesday morning shootaround, but has been hampered by a partially torn fascia.
The game against the Bucks will be an important one for the Bulls. Chicago is currently one game behind Toronto for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, which makes each of their final six games crucial.
Johnson didn’t get much time on the court early in the year, but exploded in March; Johnson averaged 8.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 21.4 minutes per game over the course of the month. Johnson got off to a slower start than some of his fellow first-round picks, but has been able to contribute as an athletic swingman with length and three-point range. He isn’t the Bulls’ most important player, but Chicago will want to get everything they can out of all their players as they head into the stretch that will make or break their playoff hopes.