The Chicago Bulls went limping into the All-Star break, going 5-13 over the last month. As a result, the Bulls are barely holding onto a playoff spot, sitting just one game out of the No. 9 spot in the Eastern Conference. Let's get you up to speed with the week that was and the week ahead with our Bulls Weekly update:
Chicago went into the break on a four-game losing streak, which started in a thoroughly disappointing 115-110 loss to the Denver Nuggets on the road. They followed that up with a 112-105 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, then closed their seven-game road trip with a 108-91 blowout defeat at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets.
Things didn't get any better when they returned home, falling 113-90 to the Atlanta Hawks.
The Bulls come out of the All-Star break on Thursday when they face the Cavaliers in Cleveland, then will return home to face the Toronto Raptors on Friday and Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. For more on the Bulls' upcoming games, download the Chat Sports Android and iPhone app.
Shooting guard Jimmy Butler is "unsure" of when he'll return from a knee injury, but it is expected to be by the end of the month.
Center Joakim Noah is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a separated shoulder.
Forward Nikola Mirotic has started working out after he having his appendix removed two week ago, but the Bulls haven't set a date for his return yet.
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