Bulls' Gasol out for Timberwolves game with illness

CHICAGO (AP) All-Star forward Pau Gasol is out for Friday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of an illness, leaving the Chicago Bulls without two of their top players.

Coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed at the shootaround that Gasol will not play. The 7-foot forward is averaging 18.4 points and 12.1 rebounds.

The Bulls are also missing star point guard Derrick Rose, who is expected to be out four to six weeks after having surgery Friday to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.