Zach LaVine has been cleared to return to the Chicago Bulls lineup. LaVine has missed ten straight games, as he was in the NBA’s Health and Safety protocol due to being exposed to COVID-19. The Chicago Bulls had a record of 4-6 in the ten games LaVine missed. Zach is undeniably the Chicago Bulls best scorer and for a team looking to make the play-in, getting LaVine back is a major boost. On the season, the All-Star guard is averaging 27.5 PPG, 5.1 RPG, and 5.1 APG, all while shooting 50% from the field and 41% from downtown.
The Bulls are hopeful to get Zach back by Thursday night’s matchup with the Charlotte Hornets.
Nikola Vučević will also miss his second straight game on Monday against the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers. Vučević is suffering from an apparent hip injury. However, the Chicago Bulls sent the center for an MRI and no significant damage showed up. Hopefully it’s just a mild strain and he can get back on the court. Since being traded to the Chicago Bulls, the All-Star is averaging 22.3 PPG, 10.9 RPG, and 3.6 APG, while shooting 49% from the field and 42% from three-point range.
The Chicago Bulls have struggled to stay healthy all year. If they want any chance of making it to the play-in as a tenth seed, now is the time to put their foot on the gas.