Caruso Listed as "Probable" Ahead of Tonight's Game, Cook Questionable to Return

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Caruso Listed as “Probable” Ahead of Tonight’s Game, Cook Questionable to Return

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The Chicago Bulls injury report has finally brought some good news.

Despite Zach LaVine, Lonzo Ball, Javonte Green, Derrick Jones Jr., and Patrick Williams all remaining out for tonight’s matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago is likely to get top defender Alex Caruso back on the floor. Caruso has not stepped on the court since December 20th after suffering a foot injury just six minutes into the Bulls game against the Houston Rockets. The veteran guard would go on to miss the next 13 games as he recovered from his injury and dealt with a stint in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols.

If we also consider Caruso’s calf injury in early December, then an appearance in tonight’s game would be only his fourth in the last 18 games. With that in mind, it came as no surprise to read that head coach Billy Donovan plans to have Caruso on some kind of minutes restriction upon his return. How long that will be is hopefully something we’ll learn before tonight’s tip.

Joining Caruso with an updated designation is Tyler Cook, who is currently listed as QUESTIONABLE. Under one of the Bulls’ two-way deals, Cook started to play a key role in December due to the team’s number of COVID and injury issues. He appeared in eight-straight games, providing physical play in the post and a strong effort on the glass. The 24-year-old started to make a real case for more minutes, but he suffered an ankle injury just three minutes into a matchup with the Wizards on New Years Day.

Cook has missed the last eight games, and he saw his first action since in a Windy City battle against the Raptors 905 last night. He dropped a quick 12 points with 5 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block in just 14 minutes of action. I’m assuming the Bulls will see how he feels before giving him the green light to play the Cavaliers, but perhaps they also held him to those few minutes with his availability for tonight’s game in mind.

So … when will the rest of the Bulls return? Good question! We know Zach LaVine’s knee injury isn’t expected to be serious, and the same is assumed of Lonzo Ball’s knee soreness, but the team has yet to give an exact timeline on either player. Derrick Jones Jr. is also still in rehab mode from his hyperextension, which was recently given a 2-to-4 week recovery. The good news is Javonte Green has shown signs of an imminent return, as he worked with the Windy City Bulls earlier this week and is trying to fight off some lingering soreness.

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.