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.
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.