Aussies in NBA: Bairstow notches minutes against Sixers

After a successful D-league stint with the Austin Spurs, in which Cameron Bairstow posted averages of 14 points, 8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 26.6 minutes per game, Bairstow made a triumphant return to the Chicago Bulls.

Upon returning, Bairstow encountered four straight "Did Not Play - Coach's Decision" games, before hitting the court for the final three minutes of Chicago's game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Having Bairstow hit the floor is encouraging, considering former coach, Tom Thibodeau's insistence on continuing to play his starters, even in blow-out situations last season.

Bairstow entered the United Center court for three minutes in Monday's game, scoring once on 1/2 shooting. He did not contribute on any other facet of the stat-sheet.

His one basket came on a nice dribble-drive, where he faked a hand-off to Bobby Portis, before taking it to the lane and scoring over the 76ers Christian Wood.

With the Bulls to play the Grizzlies and Pistons next, it's not impossible, but unlikely that Bear will hit the floor once again anytime soon as these games could prove competitive enough to warrant heavy minutes from Chicago's core rotation, and leave little else for Bairstow.