MILWAUKEE -- Chicago Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy will not play Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks because of left knee soreness. The veteran swingman did not sound too concerned that this injury would keep him out long.
"I'm OK, just a little preseason bump in the road," Dunleavy said after Saturday's shootaround. "Just a little soreness in my left knee. I'm not too concerned about it, but we'll see how it goes."
Rookie Doug McDermott will likely make his first professional start in Dunleavy's place.
"I expect to be back pretty quickly," Dunleavy said. "But you got to see how it all responds."
Derrick Rose (soreness) and Joakim Noah (knee) are expected to play against the Bucks. Rose sat out Thursday's practice to get an extra day of rest while Noah missed Tuesday's game against the Detroit Pistons as a planned rest day.
It's likely that both players will play around 15-20 minutes Saturday night, although Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau acknowledged that there are some medical limitations on several of his players as the preseason continues.
"We've got restrictions on a lot of guys," Thibodeau said.