The Chicago Bulls will look to improve on their perfect 5-0 record against the Milwaukee Bucks Monday night at the United Center.
Behind Derrick Rose’s 32 points and nine assists, Chicago defeated the Indiana Pacers 103-98 on Friday night to remain unbeaten during the NBA’s exhibition season.
With just three more games remaining on their preseason schedule, the Bulls will continue to build momentum and chemistry going into next week’s regular season opener against the Miami Heat.
On the injury front, Joakim Noah definitely won’t suit up against Milwaukee as the center has been shut down for the remainder of the preseason to give his troublesome groin time to heal for the start of the 2013-14 season. Kirk Hinrich suffered a concussion in the Pacers game after banging his head on both the knee of teammate Erik Murphy and then the court.
The NBA has instituted a concussion protocol that requires a player to pass a battery of tests before being allowed to return to action and it’s unclear if Hinrich will dress and play Monday night.
Jimmy Butler, who is nursing a knee bruise, increased his participation in practice on Saturday, but there is a strong possibility he could miss third consecutive preseason contest against Milwaukee.