With Chicago Bulls starting shooting guard Dwyane Wade out for the season with an elbow injury, the Bulls slotted rookie sharpshooter Paul Zipser into the starting lineup for the team’s 112-107 loss against the Washington Wizards.
But with dreams of the playoffs quickly slipping away, coach Fred Hoiberg has chosen to continue experimenting with the starting lineup, replacing forward Bobby Portis with third-year Chicago big man Nikola Mirotic.
— Mike McGraw (@McGrawDHBulls) March 18, 2017
This will be the third game Mirotic has started this year. This comes just days after the Spanish forward felt he was essentially out of Hoiberg’s rotation.
Mirotic has struggled to make an impact this year, averaging 9.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game while shooting only 39 percent from the field and 31 percent from three, where Chicago needs his help most.
There is no indication of which — if any — of these changes to the starting lineup will be permanent. Portis had been starting at power forward regularly since the trade deadline where former Bulls starter Taj Gibson was dealt to the Oklahama City Thunder.