According to a report from NBC Chicago’s K.C. Johnson, Nikola Vucevic and Alex Caruso are questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets.
As mentioned yesterday, Vucevic has been out since November 12. He entered NBA’s Health and Safety protocols due to COVID-19. If Vucevic returns, it should be an easy game back against the 1-16 Rockets. On the season, Vucevic has averaged 13.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, and 4.3 APG. He has struggled with his shot, shooting 39% from the field and 26% from downtown in 11 games. But in his last two games played, he averaged 14.5 PPG, 11.5 RPG, and 4.5 APG. He also added in 1.0 SPG and 1.5 BPG while shooting 46% from the floor and 33% from three.
Guard Alex Caruso is also listed as questionable. He has only missed one game due to a left wrist contusion, but he was sorely missed in the Bulls’ loss to the Pacers. The Bulls struggled with their defense in the loss and it isn’t a coincidence with Caruso being out. Since being thrust into the starting lineup, Caruso has averaged 6.0 PPG, 6.6 RPG, and 5.0 APG. He isn’t shooting the ball particularly well, 22% from the field and 15% from downtown, but he’s been effective. He has averaged 1.6 SPG and has 25 assists to only three turnovers in his five games as a starter.
The NBA season is a long grind. Of course if they aren’t ready to go, they could still get another rest day against the lowly Rockets. Though, the sooner they come back, the sooner the Bulls can get themselves acclimated with each other again and keep winning ball games.
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