After missing two games with a sore right knee, Carlos Boozer will likely return to the lineup on Friday when the Bulls visit the Milwaukee Bucks.

“Carlos is good,” said coach Tom Thibodeau following the team’s practice on Thursday. “He did everything in practice and he’s feeling a lot better. We’ll see how he feels [Friday] morning, but the way he practiced, he was fine. As long as there are no problems, he’s a go.”

Thibodeau also reported that Mike Dunleavy (elbow) is better and practiced, while Joakim Noah was “feeling a little under the weather, but he’s fine.”

Though the Bulls are still in the process of adjusting to life without Luol Deng, Thibodeau said the team has no choice but to move on and be ready for the next game.

“That’s the nature of this league,” he said.

The Bulls on Tuesday in a victory over the Suns (20-13) proved they are still capable of playing at a high level.

Jimmy Butler scored 13 against Phoenix and he’s among the players who will be counted on as part of a collective effort to step up in Deng’s absence.

“Jimmy just has to be himself,” stated Thibodeau. “He already had a big role with our team. He’s had some bumps this year because of the injuries, but I think he’s finding his rhythm and he’s playing at a high level right now. [He needs to] just keep doing the things that he’s doing.”