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Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Noah has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Noah recieved 100 first place votes and earned 555 of a possible 1,125 points to win the award. He is the first Chicago Bull to win the award since Michael Jordan in 1988. Noah averaged 7.7 defensive rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steal per game while anchoring a defense that gave up the fewest opponent points per game and was second in defensive efficiency in the regular season.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (knee) sat Game 2 against the Wizards on Tuesday.
Impact: Smith has been dealing with injuries throughout the season, and it appears he'll continue to ride the pine until further notice.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Noah scored 20 points (8-14 FG, 4-4 FT) and grabbed 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 45 minutes as the Bulls fell to the Wizards in overtime Tuesday.
Impact: With Derrick Rose (knee) not returning for the postseason, Noah will be the Bulls' best player and he should continue to put up monster stats as the hustling big man will get plenty of minutes throughout the playoffs.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Augustin came off the bench and scored a team-high 25 points (10-22 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go with two rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 41 minutes in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Wizards.
Impact: Augustin carried the offensive load yet again for the second game in a row, and it looks like the Bulls will continue to rely on him on offense throughout the playoffs.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rose (knee) won't return at any point in the Bulls' playoff run, even though he's making solid progress and is hopeful that he'll be a participant for Team USA in the World Cup of Basketball this summer in Spain, ESPN reports.
Impact: Bulls' general manager Gar Forman continued to deny that Rose could make a return at some point in this year's postseason, but Forman does believe that Rose will be 100 percent at the commencement of next season. The former MVP still has a long road to recovery that will undoubtedly be spotlighted throughout its process.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The NBA announced Monday afternoon that Noah is the Defensive Player of the Year. He joins Michael Jordan in 1988 as the only Chicago Bulls players to win the award.
Impact: The recognition comes after Noah helped Chicago win 48 games and capture homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs despite losing Derrick Rose to a season-ending knee injury and trading away Luol Deng. Noah got 555 out of a possible 1,125 points, including 100 out of a possible 125 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. He averaged career highs of 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists this season.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mohammed played two minutes off the bench during Sunday's playoff contest against the Wizards.
Impact: Mohammed has a slim chance of receiving more than 10 minutes in any playoff game for as long as the Bulls' remain standing. The only way that it might happen is if some of the other frontcourt players get into foul trouble or if the game gets out of hand.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boozer played 24 minutes in Sunday's Game 1 clash against the Wizards. He finished the contest with 11 points (5-10 FG, 1-1 FT), nine rebounds and one assist.
Impact: Boozer hardly received any time on the court during the fourth quarters of regular season games and this trend looks like it will continue in the playoffs. This limits his fantasy value as he's usually not allotted enough playing time to sustain significant production from contest to contest.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dunleavy spent 27 minutes on the court during Sunday's Game 1 and managed to put up 11 points (4-12 FG, 3-8 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Impact: Dunleavy seemed a little nervous during his time on the hardwood, which is understandable, but he needs to perform better if the Bulls are to have any success in their series with the Wizards and beyond. The veteran will look to bounce back during Game 2 on Tuesday.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gibson came off the bench Sunday to record 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes.
Impact: Gibson may be a reserve option, but he plays an important role in the Bulls' rotation and is a serious candidate for Sixth Man of the Year. He'll likely continue to get big minutes off the bench and consequentially has an opportunity to bolster significant numbers throughout the Bulls' stay in the playoffs.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Noah squeaked out a double-double during Sunday's Game 1 versus the Wizards. He managed to put up 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes.
Impact: Even though Noah recorded a double-double, it was a disappointment because the Bulls still lost and he's actually performed much better throughout the regular season. He'll have a chance at redemption during Tuesday's Game 2.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler played 44 minutes during Sunday's Game 1 and finished with 15 points (6-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-7 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Impact: Butler averaged 38.7 minutes per game during the regular season, so the fact that he played 44 minutes in a playoff game is not surprising. With this allotted time on the court, he always stands a good chance to rack up significant box scores.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hinrich tallied 16 points (7-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt), two assists and one steal during Sunday's 29 minutes on the court in Game 1 versus the Wizards.
Impact: Even though he starts, Hinrich shares time at the point with reserve player D.J. Augustin. This was a pretty typical performance out of Hinrich and is typical of what he'll likely be able to contribute throughout the Bulls' playoff stint.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (knee) did not dress out for the Bulls' Game 1 matchup with the Wizards on Sunday.
Impact: Smith was newly acquired by the Bulls just one week before the playoffs began. His injury and steep learning curve with the new team will likely lead to the third-year player staying on the bench throughout the playoffs.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Augustin came off the bench to play 32 minutes and finished Sunday's Game 1 with 16 points (3-15 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 10-10 FT), three rebounds and three assists.
Impact: Augustin tied Joakim Noah for the team-high in points scored even though Augustin actually shot the ball poorly from the field. His saving grace was his perfect 10 trips to the charity stripe. The fact that he was able to shoot the ball 15 times should tell you that he's possibly in store for some large point totals throughout the Bulls' stay in the playoffs.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Noah missed Friday's practice to attend to a personal matter, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Noah intends to be back with the team Saturday so there's no chance that he'll be unavailable for Sunday's playoff matchup with the Wizards. This will be the first game of the series.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fredette did not play (Coach Decision) Wednesday in Chicago's regular season finale against Charlotte.
Impact: Fredette filled in for D.J. Augustin on Monday and played pretty well, leaving some speculation for another shot Wednesday. But it turns out that was nothing more than the Bulls simply needing someone to play. Offensively-challenged as is, Chicago might need a shot in the arm over the next few weeks, but Fredette doesn't appear to be a real option.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Augustin scored 17 points (6-16 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and had two assists in 36 minutes against Charlotte on Wednesday night.
Impact: It was a typical game for Augustin after a one-game hiatus due to personal reasons. He's the de facto scorer for Chicago, and although he comes off the bench he seems like a lock for 30 minutes during the postseason. Still, he won't do much besides score and should be considered a higher risk option in daily contests.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Augustin (personal) will rejoin the team on Wednesday for the season finale following the birth of his son, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Augustin missed Monday's game for the birth of his son but will play again Wednesday. He has averaged 20.5 points, 3.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 30 minutes over the past four games, and will look to keep things rolling heading into the playoffs.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Noah scored 18 points (7-16 FG, 4-5 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in 37 minutes Monday against the Magic.
Impact: Noah seems to approach a triple-double more nights than not and continues to provide owners with unique value based on his ability to distribute the ball.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fredette scored 17 points (7-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with three rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes Monday against the Magic.
Impact: Fredette was forced into action with D.J. Augustin (personal) out of action. It's unclear if Augustin will be back in time for Wednesday's game against the Bobcats, or if the Bulls will rest some of their starters in that game as well. If either of those scenarios happen, Fredette will see increased playing time again.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Snell has averaged just seven minutes on the court over the Bulls' past seven games.
Impact: Snell has remained relatively healthy throughout his rookie year but hasn't been afforded many minutes off the bench. This will likely continue unless Chicago decides to rest some of their players during the final two games of the regular season.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Augustin (personal) won't play Monday versus the Magic.
Impact: Kirk Hinrich should see extra run, while Jimmer Fredette and Mike James could also see more run than usual with Augustin unavailable. Consider the Bulls' backup point guard day-to-day for now.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Augustin is a game-time decision Monday for personal reasons, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Augustin has been a very consistent contributor for quite some time now, and this could be a significant last-minute scratch. If he sits, look for Kirk Hinrich to shoulder a significant load, and we could also see Jimmer Fredette or Mike James make an appearance in Monday's tilt.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The Bulls waived Shengelia.
Impact: Shengelia appeared in nine games for Chicago after being acquired from Brooklyn for guard Marquis Teague on Jan. 21.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Chicago has signed Smith for the remainder of the season.
Impact: Smith has averaged 5.3 points and 4.1 rebounds over two-plus seasons for the Houston Rockets. He played in 11 games for Houston this season.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (knee) signed with the Bulls on Monday.
Impact: Smith has been limited by a knee injury for most of the season, which ultimately led to him being waived by the Rockets, but he'll now provide reserve depth for the Bulls as they march into the playoffs. He'll take the roster spot of Tornike Shengelia, who was waived by the Bulls on Monday.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shengelia was waived by the Bulls on Monday, Jessica Camerato of Basketball Insiders reports.
Impact: Shengelia has seen the court just three times between March and April, as he never was able to carve out much of a role with the Bulls. He'll now look to draw interest from another club.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Taj Gibson scored 17 points off the bench, helping Chicago rally to a 106-98 win over Detroit on Friday. He also added four rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
Impact: The win clinched home-court advantage in the first round for Chicago in the upcoming playoffs, and also put them third in the conference standings.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Augustin scored 24 points (7-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 9-10 FT) with four rebounds and six assists in 28 minutes in the win over the Pistons on Friday.
Impact: Augustin was able to score despite only knocking down one 3-pointer. He hit 4.0 3-pointers in his previous four games, but was able to get to the line against the Pistons. Augustin has averaged 21.4 points in his last five.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Noah had 12 rebounds and 10 assists with six points (2-10 FG, 2-2 FT) in 40 minutes in the win over the Pistons on Friday. He added two steals and three blocks.
Impact: Noah is the rare fantasy asset who doesn't need to score. Despite his low point production, he extended his double-double streak to eight games.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Mike James and Amundson for the remainder of the season.
Impact: Amundson played in 18 games for New Orleans this season. He has also played with Philadelphia (twice), Utah, Phoenix, Golden State, Indiana, and Chicago in his seven seasons.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: The Chicago Bulls have signed James and forward Lou Amundson for the remainder of the season.
Impact: James appeared in 11 games with Chicago earlier this season. An 11-year veteran, he has averaged 9.9 points in his career.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (knee) was waived by the Rockets on Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: A right knee injury afflicted Smith throughout the season, resulting in exploratory arthroscopic surgery on Feb. 26. In 11 appearances, though, he mustered 3.5 points (on 64.3 percent shooting) and 2.5 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per game.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Amundson signed with the Bulls for the remainder of the season.
Impact: Amundson has familiarity with Tom Thibodeau's system due to a 10-day stint with the team in 2012-13. Regarding NBA experience this year, Amundson logged time in 18 of the Pelicans' first 29 games of the season, averaging 2.1 points (on 50 percent shooting) and 3.1 boards in 10.2 minutes. However, he'll provide nothing more than insurance during Chicago's upcoming playoff run.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James signed with the Bulls for the rest of the season.
Impact: In two previous stints with the Bulls this season, he averaged one point (on 23.8 percent shooting) and 1.5 dimes in seven minutes across 11 games. He'll provide nothing more than insurance during the team's upcoming stay in the playoffs.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Amundson is expected to sign with the Chicago Bulls in the coming days, CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: The Bulls are also expected to add Mike James to the playoff roster, as they look to stock up on veterans as insurance. Amundson, who spent time with New Orleans this season, played one game for Chicago in 2012-13. It's very unlikely he holds down a consistent role, but he will be playoff eligible, as he wasn't on an NBA roster on Mar. 1.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James is expected to sign with the Bulls in the near future, CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: James played for the Bulls earlier this season and would be playoff eligible since he was not a member of an NBA roster on Mar. 1. The veteran is familiar with Tom Thibodeau's system and would slot in as the third point guard behind Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Noah scored 15 points (7-13 FG, 1-2 FT) to go along with 13 rebounds, 10 assists and two blocks in 41 minutes against Minnesota on Wednesday night.
Impact: It's more of the same for Noah, who continues to fill the stat sheet at absurd levels for a center. It was surprisingly only his third triple-double since the all-star break, but he's pretty much a threat to do it on any night. Add that to his typical handful of blocks or steals and you have arguably the best all-around fantasy player in the game.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Augustin scored 21 points (8-14 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go along with two rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes against Minnesota on Wednesday night.
Impact: It's the third time in four games that Augustin had scored at least 20 points off the bench for the Bulls. He's settled into a nice 6th Man role for Chicago and is a reasonable play in most leagues considering he'll get about 30 minutes per game and has a relatively high usage rate.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Rose will have an opportunity to show he is healthy enough to play for the U.S. at the World Cup of Basketball.
Impact: USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo says the injured Chicago Bulls guard will be invited to training camp in July and ''is welcome to show us where he is.'' Colangelo said Wednesday that if Rose is ready, ''he has a chance to make the team.'' Rose had surgery in November to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, and the Bulls said he would miss the rest of the season. But Colangelo says Chicago is encouraging Rose and USA Basketball to consider him playing this summer.