After returning from COVID-19 protocols, Bulls’ energizer Javonte Green injured his groin. Head coach Billy Donovan says Green will miss 2-4 weeks due to the ailment.
Javonte Green’s Void
With Green out, the Bulls have a fairly large void at forward. Green was the in-house fix for Patrick Williams’ regular season-ending injury, as he covered the wing portion of Williams’ game. Green has averaged 5.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game so far this season.
Offensively, he gives the Bulls versatility with his ability to knock down a jumper or crash the rim for a dunk. Defensively, he creates chaos by causing steals and blocking shots. The biggest attribute of his game Chicago will miss is his energy. When he gets in the game and makes a play, the team often gets the extra jolt it needs to go on a run. Energy like his is infectious for any team.
The Bulls have a few options to pick up the slack in Green’s absence.
One is Alfonzo McKinnie, who just returned from the COVID-19 list. Once his rehab is complete, McKinnie will need to show he is deserving of his new contract.
In addition, Troy Brown Jr. could be another fill-in. Known for his defensive efforts, Brown Jr.’s offensive game is starting to come together as of late. In the Bulls’ win at Atlanta, he had seven points on 3-6 shooting off the bench.
Furthermore, the Bulls have signed Jordan Bell to a deal. Bell is an athletic forward who can provide energy at both ends of the floor as Green does. However, it will be intriguing to see if he can gel with the current lineup.
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