As in seasons past, the spirited potential of the Chicago Bulls has been derailed by injuries. Joakim Noah is out for the season after shoulder surgery; Jimmy Butler has been battling a bum knee; and Derrick Rose is day-to-day due to a pesky hamstring. Injuries are a daily occurrence in the NBA — just ask Manu Ginobili. Despite these setbacks, the Bulls are currently holding onto the last playoff spot in the East. The surprising bright spot for Chicago has been Pau Gasol, who is in the midst of an All-Star caliber, resurgent season. Things are looking up as Butler, a native Texan raised in Tomball, is projected to return to the lineup in time for his team’s Alamo City appearance. Kawhi Leonard and his stellar defense should make for an intriguing welcome back.