Butler may be back for Bulls Saturday

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CHICAGO - Jimmy Butler has been sorely missed.

The Bulls have gone 3-8 since Butler went down with a knee injury in early February, giving up at least 100 points in every game.

Butler participated in practice again today and although he is officially listed as questionable for Saturday's date with the Rockets - it appears he'll likely play.

"My only concern right now is to get a haircut," said Butler. "I need one. I've got to look good for tomorrow night."

Coach Fred Hoiberg hopes a few more of the 'walking wounded' rejoin the lineup Saturday.

Taj Gibson didn't practice, but may be able to play through hamstring soreness.

Nikola Mirotic was seen running through some shooting drills today.

His status was bumped up from 'out' to 'doubtful' for tomorrow's game.

No matter who plays, Coach Hoiberg wants to see some urgency on the defensive end.