Bulls’ Zach LaVine won’t miss ‘meaningful time’ with knee injury – NBC Chicago

LaVine won’t miss much time with a knee injury that originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

An MRI on the left knee injury suffered by Zach LaVine in Friday’s loss to the Warriors revealed no significant structural damage and shouldn’t cause the All-Star guard to miss much time, the Chicago Bulls announced on Saturday. morning.

LaVine, who did not travel with the team for its two-game trip to Boston and Memphis, has begun treatment and will be reevaluated “early next week.”

LaVine left Friday’s game at 8:28 of the first quarter after, in the words of head coach Billy Donovan, a funny landing and left knee discomfort after an offensive rebound.

LaVine played with a slight swelling in his knee, a source told NBC Sports Chicago, but that discomfort pushed him over the edge. After fouling Steph Curry, LaVine made his way to the Bulls locker room on his own and did not return to the bench.

Given that the knee in question is the same one in which LaVine suffered a torn ACL while playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves in February 2017, the update is positive.

Now the Bulls face the challenge of getting by without LaVine for as long as he remains out. A daunting task, given that Alex Caruso (protocols), Javonte Green (groin), Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee hyperextension) and Patrick Williams (wrist surgery) all remain on the sidelines. Even Lonzo Ball (left knee pain) was added to the injury report as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Celtics.

“Nobody’s about to come in and save the day. It’s up to us to go out there and step in,” DeMar DeRozan said after Friday’s game. “Those two games (crushing losses to the Nets and the Warriors) should be all the motivation we need to step up, play hard, play for each other.

“We can’t complain about it. We can’t complain about it. We can’t seek any further help. It’s on us.”

KC Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago contributed

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