The Chicago Bulls are awaiting the results of a test on Zach LaVine’s knee after he walked out of the Bulls’ game against the Warriors with 8:28 remaining in the first quarter.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, LaVine will not return with what he describes as a left knee injury.
Through 37 games, LaVine is averaging 25.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists in .491/.412/.872 shooting splits. The Bulls are in first place in the Eastern Conference, but they will have to fight to stay in first place, since Miami, Brooklyn and Milwaukee are stepping on their necks.
What’s next for LaVine? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on how long he may be out.
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What is Zach LaVine’s injury?
LaVine appeared to get hurt just three minutes into Friday’s matchup against Golden State. With the Warriors ready to get the ball with 8:28 left in the first quarter, LaVine intentionally fouled Stephen Curry and walked straight into the Bulls’ locker room.
How long will Zach LaVine be out?
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls are confident the injury is not serious and LaVine won’t miss an extended period of time.
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine will undergo an MRI on his left knee on Saturday, but there is initial confidence he has not suffered a serious injury, sources told ESPN. It was described as “discomfort” and he erred on the side of caution with the MRI tomorrow.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 15, 2022
Based on that timeline, Lillard could miss 19 to 25 games and his potential return could depend on where the Blazers are in the standings by when he’s ready.
There may have been some initial concern surrounding the injury given that LaVine tore his ACL in the same knee in 2017 as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Bull calendar 2021-22
|Date||Adversary||Time (ET)||national television|
|January 15||on the Celtics||8:30 pm||ESPN|
|January 17||in Grizzlies||3:30 pm||TNT|
|January 19||against Cavaliers||8:00 pm||–|
|January 21st||in dollars||8:00 pm||–|
|January 23||in magic||18:00||–|
|January 24||in thunder||8:00 pm||–|
|26 of January||against raptors||8:00 pm||–|
|January 28||in the Spurs||8:30 pm||–|
|January 30th||vs. Trail Blazers||3:30 pm||–|