In the first quarter of Saturday night’s Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game, Alex Caruso made his return to the floor. This was Caruso’s first game action since Jan. 21 when he fractured his wrist on a foul by Grayson Allen.
In Caruso’s absence, the Bulls have slid from first place in the Eastern Conference to fourth. On defense, Chicago dropped from the top 10 all the way down to 28th. Over the last 10 games, the Bulls are 5-5, so a “pick me up” was much needed. Alex Caruso provided just that on Saturday night.
When he came to the scorer’s table, the United Center erupted with cheers.
Alex Caruso’s Performance
Caruso finished the game with 29 minutes of play, tallying 11 points, four assists, and one rebound. Beyond the stat line, he forced turnovers and was able to get the 50/50 tipped balls that the Bulls struggled to recover in his absence. This game marked the first time the Chicago Bulls held an opponent under 100 points since Jan. 21, which just happens to be the last time Alex Caruso played.
When speaking on his return from the wrist injury, Caruso said, “I’m good to go with anything. Doctors said I’m not going to re-break it or anything. [The] bone is fully healed. Screws are in there holding everything together. The only soreness, kind of anything in the way, is just soft tissue stuff that’s just working its way back from the surgery.”
Alex Caruso’s return should be the first jolt the Bulls will get in their crescendo to the playoffs. Patrick Williams and Lonzo Ball are projected to return later this month. Hopefully this will comprise the recipe for a Bulls playoff run.
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