KC Johnson: Zach LaVine and his lingering sore ankles i…

KC Johnson: Zach LaVine and his lingering sore ankles isn’t listed on Bulls injury report. Nikola Mirotic is listed as out for Bucks even though he expressed optimism he’d play. If that holds, he still won’t have played as visitor at United Center.

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Malika Andrews: Nikola Mirotic is addressing media for the first time as a Milwaukee Buck. “I was really excited. Best record in the NBA. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this team.” Mirotic said his calf is “almost there” but it’s a long season and the staff decided it’s better to be safe.
Matt Velazquez: Bud confirms Giannis will be out with right knee soreness due to the pounding and wear that he absorbs on a regular basis. Nikola Mirotic (right calf strain) will also be out, though because of the roster situation may dress. Bucks are encouraged overall by Mirotic’s health.
KC Johnson: Nikola Mirotic, doubtful with a calf strain vs. Bulls, still has his sense of humor: "My focus now is to get healthy and finish strong this season. You know I’m March man as well. March is coming.” That's a playful nod to all those hot months of March Niko had with Bulls.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that forward Nikola Mirotić suffered a right calf strain in the fourth quarter of last night’s game against the Detroit Pistons. An MRI taken today confirmed the initial diagnosis and examination by Pelicans Director of Medical Services/Head Team Physician Dr. Misty Suri. Mirotić will be re-evaluated in one week. Further updates will be announced upon the re-evaluation.
Erik Horne: Pelicans coming into Oklahoma City battling injuries. No Anthony Davis (left index finger sprain), Nikola Mirotic (right calf strain), E'Twaun Moore (rest), or Julius Randle (right ankle sprain). Randle, who's killed the Thunder this season, was ruled out just minutes ago.
Will Guillory: Gentry says Darius Miller will also come back tonight after dealing with an illness recently. Nikola Mirotic is getting closer but will remain out
Jim Eichenhofer: Alvin Gentry indicated that Nikola Mirotic might have to miss game(s) in order to get his ankle right physically. Gentry: "It's been bothering him since he came back. The best thing to do is shut him down until he gets himself healthy."
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry told reporters that they’re going to sit Niko Mirotic (ankle) out until he gets healthy. Said Mirotic has been trying to play through it and is “a gamer” but it’s not making things better.
Abby Chin: Per #Pelicans: Nikola Mirotic is OUT for the rest of the game with a sore right ankle. Just 1/5 on the night with 3 points.
Jim Eichenhofer: Mirotic said he expects to undergo an MRI on his right ankle Thursday but he is hopeful it is nothing serious. A sprain to the same ankle kept him out of two recent games before his return to action tonight in Minnesota
Jay Allen: Rajon Rondo (right wrist) will not play tonight vs. the @Portland Trail Blazers. Ian Clark will make his 3rd career start (2nd this season). Nikola Mirotic (right hip) is available for the #Pelicans. #RipCity @RipCityRadio620
KC Johnson: Lauri Markkanen was excused from practice for personal reasons. Nikola Mirotic sat with a lower left leg strain.
Nick Friedell: Niko Mirotic is out tonight because of a stomach virus. He is not at MSG now. He will rejoin the Bulls later tonight and will be checked out by the Knicks team doctor.
Nick Friedell: Niko Mirotic has a stomach virus. He did not go through shootaround and in doubtful vs. Rockets.
Mike McGraw: Hoiberg said Mirotic will practice Tue then team will decide whether he’ll travel. Says Niko playing Wed at Indy is a stretch. #Bulls
Vincent Goodwill: Nikola Mirotic said the plan is to play this week. He's lost about 5-6 pounds from this summer, said his conditioning has improved
Mike McGraw: Nikola Mirotic is sitting at his locker at the United Center. First time he’s attended a regular season game this season. #Bulls
"It's great having [Nikola Mirotic] back on the floor," agreed Hoiberg. "Just looking at where we are right now, getting Zach back with full contact and David is going to try to do a little bit in practice and then getting Niko back on the floor with us is a very important step. As far as what he can provide on the floor, he's had some really good moments in this league and given us some great production. Getting him back out here is certainly a step in the right direction. The plan is for him to do some contact and see how he responds and then put a plan together from there."
KC Johnson: Nikola Mirotic is practicing today, won’t address reporters.
There was, however, progress. Coach Fred Hoiberg said Mirotic continued to ‘‘ramp up his activity’’ and was doing a better job of communicating with his other teammates. ‘‘Niko had a really good week of workouts,’’ Hoiberg said. ‘‘He’s continuing to ramp up his activity. He had good strength workouts and he’s increasing his workload on the floor, so we’re hoping to get him back with the team shortly.’’
Fred Hoiberg said it hasn't yet been determined whether Nikola Mirotic will travel on the Bulls' four-game trip that begins Sunday in Phoenix. What is settled is who will be the starting power forward when Mirotic is physically cleared to play. "I would say Lauri (Markkanen) is our starter moving forward," Hoiberg said.
Meanwhile, though he is free of his concussion symptoms, Nikola Mirotic remains weeks away from returning from the two facial fractures that Bobby Portis caused with a punch to the face during an Oct. 17 altercation between the forwards in practice. Mirotic remains upset enough over the disparity in time of absences that he has had little contact with teammates, and his camp has made clear to management that, for now, it doesn’t see a way the two forwards can coexist.
Hoiberg says Mirotic hasn't done any on court work, but was able to do some rehab work in the pool recently. Hoiberg says Mirotic is in good spirits — it remains to be seen when he will work out with all his teammates again.
KC Johnson: Hoiberg said Mirotic timeline remains same even tho no surgery. It’s been 2 weeks. So another 2-4 at least.
Mike McGraw: Hoiberg said Nikola Mirotic will work out at Advocate Center today after team leaves for Miami. #Bulls pic.twitter.com/84bJtsTNY2
KC Johnson: Justin Holiday: Bobby came in, worked hard like he always does. I reached out to Niko too. Make sure he knows he’s supported.
Josh Lewenberg‏: Dwane Casey on player fights when he was an assistant in Seattle... So, Gary Payton and...? "We had some doozies in Seattle, I'll tell you what, some fisticuffs. One that started on the court and went in the weight room and went outside, come back in. It was a long one. I've seen those. The good thing about that, the people that were involved in that were able to come back together and bond back together, which is the hard part. You can't let what happened yesterday come into tomorrow or next week or next month or hold it inside. That's the trick and luckily in Seattle we had some of those but guys were able to get back together and maintain the team chemistry."
KC Johnson: Bulls say exec VP John Paxson will address reporters, then Fred Hoiberg & Robin Lopez. Portis not at practice facility. Suspension imminent.
KC Johnson: But internal view is incident involved blame on both sides. Situation escalated over several possessions during scrimmage. 2/2
KC Johnson: As reported yesterday, Portis will be suspended after Bulls conclude standard policy of communication with league office. What factor this plays in suspension is unknown & obviously can’t throw punch. But Portis widely regarded for work ethic, commitment to team.
According to several witnesses, tensions heightened between Portis and Mirotic during a competitive scrimmage. Several words were exchanged over trips up and down the court. Some shoving escalated matters and Mirotic once moved in Portis' direction. And then Portis landed the lone punch, which placed Mirotic on the ground for several minutes before his hospital trip.
Vincent Goodwill: Mirotic does have a concussion and broken bones in his face. Expect Bobby Portis' suspension to be significant
Vincent Goodwill: This has been three years in the making, a source said. Mirotic has broken bones in his face, apparently instigated, and Portis punched him
Darnell Mayberry: Mirotic is out indefinitely...Bulls are evaluating disciplinary action. Suspension for Ports likely. Hearing league office is now involved.
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