It’s unclear if Chicago Bulls big man Pau Gasol will be able to play in Game 4 of the Bulls’ series against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a strained left hamstring. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau gave an update on the injury Saturday and was non-committal, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago:
“[He’s] day to day,” Thibodeau said. “He didn’t do anything today. We just did some walkthrough stuff.”
Gasol underwent an MRI and is still sore. He initially hurt the hamstring in Game 2, but he tried to play through it in the Bulls’ thrilling 99-96 Game 3 victory. However, he couldn’t do it and didn’t play much of the second half. The Spaniard managed just six points, four rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes.
With the big man hurting, Nikola Mirotic got extended run in Game 3 after barely playing in the first two games of the series. The rookie made his presence felt, putting up 12 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Mirotic was also a team-high +19 for the game.
If Gasol misses Game 4, expect a lot more Mirotic, and that’s not a bad thing if the rookie has it rolling. Taj Gibson would also see more playing time and would likely start.