The Chicago Bulls will be without Derrick Jones Jr. for 2-4 weeks. Jones Jr. suffered a knee injury in Wednesday's contest against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center in the first few moments of the game.
Jones Jr. was attempting to drive into the lane when he made a hop step that buckled his right leg. Thankfully, no structural damage occurred. The official diagnosis is a bone bruise in his right knee.
Derrick Jones Jr. has appeared in 31 games for the Bulls this season, eight of which were starts. He has averaged 6.3 PPG and 3.4 RPG in 17.2 minutes per game this season.
Jones Jr. was thrust into the starting power forward position after injuries to Patrick Williams and more recently Javonte Green. Though Jones Jr. only stands at 6-foot-5, his 7-foot wingspan and elite athleticism help him guard lengthier players around the league.
Between players in the NBA's Health and Safety protocols and freak injuries, the Bulls have not found stability at the 4 position. Hopefully Alex Caruso and Javonte Green are close to returning so the hit of losing Jones Jr. won't be as hard to handle.