Bulls All-Star to see knee specialist in Los Angeles

As All-Star Weekend approaches, the Chicago Bulls must re-adjust to life with out All-Star guard Zach LaVine.

In keeping with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, LaVine will depart the staff to journey to Los Angeles to see a specialist for a hard left knee damage.

LaVine is averaging 24.6 factors, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per recreation, numbers adequate to earn the second All-Star choice of his profession after incomes the primary in 2021.

This is what we learn about LaVine’s standing.

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What’s Zach LaVine’s damage?

After enjoying almost 37 minutes on Feb. 11, LaVine missed the Bulls’ Feb. 12 recreation in opposition to the Thunder because of “left knee damage administration.”

LaVine performed lower than 4 minutes in opposition to the Warriors on Jan. 14 earlier than lacking the following 5 video games with a problem in the identical knee, although an MRI revealed “no important structural injury.” Since that break, LaVine had appeared in 9 of Chicago’s 11 video games earlier than sitting out in opposition to the Thunder on Saturday.

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It is value noting that in 2017, LaVine suffered a torn left ACL in the identical knee.

How lengthy will Zach LaVine be out?

With LaVine touring to see a specialist, he’ll miss every of the Bulls’ remaining two video games forward of All-Star Weekend (Feb. 14 vs. Spurs, Feb. 16 vs. Kings).

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In keeping with Wojnarowski, there may be “a stage of concern throughout the group,” surrounding LaVine’s standing shifting ahead.

The Bulls’ first recreation following the All-Star break is on Thursday, Feb. 24 in opposition to the Hawks.

Will Zach LaVine play within the 2022 NBA All-Star Sport?

LaVine at present plans to take part within the All-Star Sport, per Wojnarowski. Given the truth that the scenario is fluid, his standing for the All-Star Sport may quickly change.

Ought to LaVine elect to relaxation as a substitute of collaborating within the upcoming All-Star Sport, Commissioner Adam Silver would appoint an damage substitute from a pool of Jap Convention gamers.

Bulls schedule 2021-22

Date Opponent Time (ET) Nationwide TV
Feb. 14 vs. Spurs 8:00 p.m. NBA TV
Feb. 16 vs. Kings 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 20 NBA All-Star Sport 8:00 p.m. TNT
Feb. 24 vs. Hawks 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 26 vs. Grizzlies 8:00 p.m.

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