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Bulls Get Alex Caruso Back from Health and Safety Protocols

In addition to spending time in protocols, Caruso was also dealing with a left foot sprain.
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After a three-game losing streak and injuries to Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball, the Chicago Bulls finally got some good news on Sunday. Alex Caruso is out of the NBA's health and safety protocols.

Caruso will need time to work his way back to game shape, but this development is a step in the right direction. Prior to contracting COVID-19, he was out with a left foot sprain. His return timetable isn't set in stone, but Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports the Bulls may get him back in action Wednesday.

The Effect Of Caruso's Absence

Alex Caruso has been one of the Bulls' strongest defenders all year. Prior to his absence, the Bulls were a top defensive team but have now sunk below No. 15 in most defensive ratings. Caruso is averaging a team-high of two steals per game. The Bulls' offense has been fueled by blocking passing lanes and converting on turnovers on the other end of the court. Caruso was a key contributor in that area.

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Additionally, Caruso has helped fill the void created by a lack of power forward depth on the Bulls roster. That hole is even more magnified now with Javonte Green and Derrick Jones Jr. both out for substantial time. Caruso has been able to match up defensively with some of the other forwards in the East. That ability was evident in matchups against the Knicks when he guarded Julius Randle for certain stretches.