Sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls currently find themselves on the outside looking in at the NBA playoff picture.
With just 18 regular seasons to go, the Windy City franchise needs to find some form after losing six of their last eight games.
That task just got a lot harder today, however, after Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg announced Pau Gasol would miss the team's upcoming two-game road trip.
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As reported by the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson, the Spanish big man is dealing with a swollen knee and will not travel with the team for games against the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards this week.
One bright note is that, per Hoiberg, an MRI on Gasol's knee didn't reveal any structural damage. He could though be out beyond this coming Wednesday's game against the Wizards depending on how his right knee responds to rest.
The injury is the latest in a long line for the Bulls this season who are already without Joakim Noah for the year and have missed Jimmy Butler for the past three games with his own knee issues. Derrick Rose also sat out the team's Friday night game against the Miami Heat.
Monday night's game against the Raptors could at least see Butler and Rose return to the lineup after both players practiced in some capacity on Sunday. Butler was a full participant whilst Rose did noncontact work.
In terms of who will replace Gasol this week, there is speculation that Cristiano Felicio could get the nod against Toronto.