Chicago Bulls star guard Zach LaVine to have MRI on injured left knee

CHICAGO — Bulls guard Zach LaVine exited Friday’s 138-96 loss to the Golden State Warriors within the first quarter with a left knee harm and didn’t return.

LaVine didn’t journey with the workforce to Boston for its matchup in opposition to the Celtics on Saturday night time, and as a substitute will stay in Chicago to obtain an MRI. There’s preliminary confidence that he hasn’t suffered a severe harm, sources advised ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

LaVine appeared to start laboring after grabbing an offensive rebound with just below 9 minutes remaining within the first quarter. On the following play, he took an intentional foul on Warriors guard Stephen Curry earlier than taking himself out of the sport.

He instantly walked towards the Bulls’ locker room with a workforce coach, however LaVine was in a position to transfer beneath his personal energy.

“The MRI will inform much more as soon as he will get that performed,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan stated after the sport. “I do not wish to sit right here and speculate … he sort of got here down somewhat humorous, and he is bought some discomfort there proper now they usually need to have a look. He did not really feel like he might return.”

Chicago has had its depth examined just lately with out guard Alex Caruso (well being and security), Derrick Jones Jr. (knee), Javonte Inexperienced (groin) and Tyler Prepare dinner (ankle).

LaVine is averaging 25.6 factors on 49% taking pictures (41% from 3), 4.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 37 video games for the Bulls this season.

The Warriors took over following LaVine’s harm, closing the primary half on a 64-37 run. The Bulls misplaced by 42 factors on Friday after shedding by 26 factors to the Nets on Wednesday. It is the primary time a convention chief has misplaced consecutive video games by a median of 30 factors because the NBA went to 2 conferences in 1970, in accordance with analysis by ESPN Stats & Data.

“These two video games ought to be all of the motivation that we have to step up, play arduous, play for each other,” Bulls star DeMar DeRozan stated. “It is simply one other problem that we bought to face. We will not complain about it. Cannot whine about it. Cannot search for no additional assist. It is on us.”

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