Bobby Portis had a big game as the Bulls opened Summer League play with a win.
Portis scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Boston Celtics, 71-62, on Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas.
In his first action since getting drafted with the Bulls' first-round pick in last month's draft, Denzel Valentine scored eight points and hauled in six rebounds, also coming away with a pair of steals. But his one assist compared to four turnovers and a 4-for-16 shooting performance surely didn't represent what he wanted to do in his first Summer League game with the Bulls.
Jerian Grant, acquired from the New York Knicks in the Derrick Rose trade, scored 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting (2-for-8 from 3-point range). Jack Cooley and Spencer Dinwiddie scored in double figures off the bench.
Cristiano Felicio scored six points and grabbed five rebounds. Dez Wells — who joined Portis, Felicio, Valentine and Grant in the starting lineup — didn't score.
The Bulls' next Summer League game comes against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night. They take on the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.
Jimmy Butler won't be facing the Bulls a second time this season.
Butler suffered a non-contact knee injury on Friday night in Houston. The initial X-ray only revealed he didn't have any broken bones, but the MRI had to wait until Saturday.
The Timberwolves announced that the MRI revealed a meniscus injury in Butler's right knee. There is not yet word on how long the All-Star guard will be out of action, but if it wasn't already assumed that he wouldn't play against the Bulls, it's now certain.
The Bulls take on the Timberwolves on Saturday night. Butler dropped 38 points at the United Center in his return to Chicago exactly two weeks ago, but the Bulls won 114-113.
Butler posted on Instagram a reaction to the injury.
Saturday's game will be the returns of Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn to Minnesota after they went the other direction in the Butler trade on draft night last June.
The NBA may have lost another top superstar due to injury.
On Friday, Jimmy Butler appeared to have suffered a non-contact injury to his right knee. He left the game against the Houston Rockets unable to put any pressure on his right leg and needed assistance getting back to the locker room.
Here's a video of the incident:
Coach Tom Thibodeau said that Butler will have an MRI when the team returns to Minnesota on Saturday.
Butler drew a lot of headlines last weekend after not playing in the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
Entering Friday, Butler led the league with 37.3 minutes played per game.
The Bulls also take on the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Saturday night.