Bulls say Zach LaVine to miss 3-4 more weeks with foot injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
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The Chicago Bulls are 3-0 since Zach LaVine succumbed to right foot soreness that the team originally said would be re-evaluated on Friday.
Instead, the Bulls expedited that process and announced following Wednesday’s home victory over the Charlotte Hornets that LaVine will be out “an additional estimated three to four more weeks” with what now is being called right foot inflammation.
The team made the announcement after media access had concluded, but coach Billy Donovan and players already had addressed the theme of how well the team has played in LaVine’s absence.
“I think it’s given us a lot of confidence. Obviously with Zach out, being the caliber of player he is, it allows for more opportunity. But you can’t replace Zach LaVine,” Coby White said. “We try to do it collectively and try to make up for what he does on the floor.”
The Bulls posted season-highs of 32 assists in consecutive victories over the Bucks and Pelicans. And while Wednesday’s victory over the Hornets wasn’t as artful offensively, eight players scored at least six points and the Bulls finished with 23 assists despite shooting just 42.2 percent.
“We still have to clean up on a lot of things,” DeMar DeRozan said. “We can get a lot better offensively with our execution. We still haven’t scratched the surface of how good we can be.”
LaVine typically sits on the bench during games in street clothes but spent Wednesday’s game getting evaluated. If LaVine misses three more weeks, he’d miss nine games. If the injury stretches to four weeks, he’d miss 13.
LaVine won’t travel to San Antonio for Friday’s game but will address reporters on Thursday.
DeRozan scored 29 points and finished plus-17 against the Hornets. White finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists and is playing the best all-around basketball of his career. Nikola Vucevic posted his second double-double in three games since LaVine went down. Ayo Dosunmu has played well in LaVine’s…
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Author : NBC Sports Chicago
Publish date : 2023-12-07 04:43:13
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