As if a four-game slide wasn’t bad enough, the Chicago Bulls playoff push will have to be without their best player Zach LaVine, who’s set to miss multiple games.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday afternoon that the All-Star guard has been entered into the league’s health and safety protocol:
Chicago Bulls All-Star Zach LaVine is expected to miss several games after entering into the league’s health and safety protocol, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 15, 2021
The Bulls PR team announced early on Thursday that the team’s practice had been called off for health and safety protocol reasons, ahead of their Friday night matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies.
LaVine is having a career season, averaging 27.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game.
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Playoff Hopes in Jeopardy
Even if it meant by way of the play-in tournament, the Chicago Bulls had felt confident about their capability to enter the Eastern Confernece playoff picture.
A multiple-game absence from LaVine all-but ends what was already an uphill climb to the postseason.
Chicago is in the middle of a four-game losing streak, and per Tankathon.com, have the eight-toughest remaining schedule among the entire NBA.
Both the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards have been surging as of late, and should be considered threats to take the Bulls place as the final play-in team in LaVine’s absence.
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