Bulls unsure if Mirotic will be ready for Game 4

MILWAUKEE (AP) Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic's bruised left knee is feeling better, though coach Tom Thibodeau is unsure whether the rookie will be available for Game 4 of the team's first-round playoff series at Milwaukee on Saturday.

The Bulls can sweep the Bucks following a 113-106 win on Thursday night. Mirotic sat out Thursday after getting hurt during a scrum for a loose ball in Game 2 this week in Chicago. Mirotic also strained his quadriceps.

Thibodeau said that it was a good sign that Mirotic has been shooting, though he had not done any running as of early Friday afternoon.

''We don't want to jump ahead,'' Thibodeau said. ''If he's ready to play, he plays; if he's not ready to play, he'll sit. It's that simple.''

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