According to K.C. Johnson, the Bulls will be without rookie Nikola Mirotic for Game 3 in Milwaukee Thursday night. Mirotic, who came off the bench in Game 1 for 5 points, put in 22 minutes of work in Game 2 and scored 8 points before leaving the game with an injured knee he suffered during a scuffle for a loose ball late in the 4th period.
Mirotic engaged in some limited activity and underwent treatment today but the knee still appears to be a concern. The Bulls will not put a timetable on his return, but the organization will likely err on the side of caution with a second round matchup against Cleveland likely on the horizon.
Mirotic carved out a valuable spot for himself in a talented and deep Bulls frontcourt this season, even breaking into the Rookie of the Year conversation. So far in this series he has not put up the big numbers Bulls fans got accustomed to in March and early April, but his health is essential to any deep Bulls playoff run.
In other Bulls news, Bulls fans can rejoice because the grit level will be plus-ten when Kirk Hinrich makes his return to the Bulls lineup for Game 3.