After missing last Saturday’s game due to knee soreness, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine made his return to the court against the Kings on Monday. He played 36 minutes, which is roughly his full workload. LaVine, initially listed as probable for tonight’s game, will play tonight as the Bulls visit the Utah Jazz.
Before the All-Star break, LaVine visited a knee specialist in California to determine the cause of the discomfort. The specialist indicated there was no structural damage but there would be continued flare-ups. Since returning to action, LaVine’s shooting percentage has dipped from just above 50% to around 45%. He shot 8-18, good for 44.4% from the field, against the Kings. It’s evident his knee is still bothering him.
The Chicago Bulls will need all of the offense they can get out of Zach LaVine. The Utah Jazz are the fourth-best team in the West and sixth-best scoring team, averaging 113.8 points per game. LaVine and co. will also want to dispel the narrative that the Bulls can’t beat playoff-caliber teams, as their win percentage against teams over .500 is 51.1%.
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