Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine injured his left knee just three minutes after Friday’s 138-96 loss to the Golden State Warriors, and hasn’t returned. With the Warriors ready to get the ball in with 8:28 left in the first quarter, LaVine intentionally fouled Stephen Curry and headed straight for the Bulls locker room.
After the game, Bulls coach Billy Donovan said LaVine would not be traveling with the team for Saturday’s game against the Boston Celtics and would receive an MRI on Saturday. It should be noted that LaVine tore his ACL in the same knee in 2017 as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that there is some confidence that the injury is not serious and is instead described as “discomfort”, although Donovan would not speculate on the severity before receiving the results of the imagery.
Hopefully the injury won’t keep LaVine around for long, as he’s been integral to the Bulls’ rise this season. Going into Friday’s game, they were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 27-12 record, having failed to make the playoffs in each of the past four seasons. . After being named to his first-team All-Star last season, LaVine has averaged 25.6 points and 4.3 assists this year on incredibly effective 49/41/87 shooting splits.
We’ll wait for Saturday’s MRI results.