Chicago hasn’t played with its full roster since the season started. Jimmy Butler has returned from missing two games from a sprained thumb. Butler led the Bulls with a strong effort against the Magic, scoring 21 points. Pau Gasol had another solid game, scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Taj Gibson scored 16 points. Doug McDermott scored 12 points coming off the bench. Aaron Brooks chipped in with 13 points.
Rose spoke before the game about his injury. “There’s nothing I can do about it,” he said. “I came down on some body’s foot.” He said he does see “improvement.” Right now, his status is best summed up as “day to day.”
Chicago’s bench has been tested. Gibson is seeing major minutes after missing time after his ankle injury. And, Aaron Brooks has made key contributions.