CHICAGO – Its been a rough few weeks for the Bulls as they’ve been acclimating five new players into the lineup following the trade deadline.
Now it appears that things are going to get a little more difficult over the next few weeks.
Per numerous reports, the first from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Bulls guard Zach LaVine will miss several games as he enters the league’s health and safety protocol. This has been instituted this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic to help prevent the spread of the virus.
So far there is no word if other players will be added to the protocol.
The Bulls have yet to confirm the move but they did confirm that they canceled their practice that was scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the Advocate Center due to the NBA’s protocol.
On Wednesday, the Bulls lost to the Magic 115-106 at the United Center, which dropped their record since the trade deadline to 3-8 as they’ve now lost ten of their last 13 games. At the moment, the Bulls have a one-game lead over the Raptors for the tenth spot in the Eastern Conference, which would be the last to make it into the “Play-In Tournament” for the last two playoff spots.
LaVine has been the best player on the Bulls this year as he made his first All-Star Game appearance in March. He’s averaging a career-high 27.5 points per game and added to that with 30 against Orlando on Wednesday evening.