It took a moment for Joakim Noah to gather himself after a hard chop from Wizards center Nene sent him sprawling near the courtside photographers.
Doug McDermott didn't impress in his first extended minutes in more than three months, but it was a start for the first-round pick.
A little more than 10 months ago, a battered and bruised Joakim Noah limped off the United Center floor following a Game 5 loss to Nene and the Washington Wizards.
After some early “devastation” and morning-after pain to his left elbow, Jimmy Butler is in good spirits and ready to look at his short break as a way to recharge his body for the playoffs.
As if the Bulls’ task of surviving the season was hard enough without Derrick Rose, they’ll have to keep their heads above water for the next month without the services of Jimmy Butler.