Coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday that Dunleavy (back) has suffered a "setback" and will require at least two additional weeks of rest, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports. After it was revealed Sunday that Dunleavy was dealing with discomfort in his back, a doctor's appointment was ordered up. In the aftermath, Hoiberg merely mentioned a setback Monday, but Dunleavy will visit specialists during the week to determine the extent of the concern. While his absence continues, the Bulls will continue to trust in Tony Snell and Doug McDermott at small forward.
Dunleavy (back) has been dealing with some renewed soreness and will visit a doctor Monday for a checkup, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. Dunleavy, who was ruled out for eight-to-10 weeks in late September after undergoing the procedure on his lower back, has now passed the nine-week mark in his recovery process, and it doesn't sound like he'll be ready to go by the end of that original timetable. The visit with the doctor should determine if Dunleavy has experienced a setback, but even if he receives positive news Monday, he may still need a week or more of practice time before he's cleared to make his season debut. The Bulls will continue to hand most of the minutes at small forward to Tony Snell and Doug McDermott while Dunleavy remains out.
Dunleavy (back) has been doing some "side to side work" and is working on his conditioning, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports. While it is encouraging to hear some news that Dunleavy is progressing, he still has a ways to go before he will be ready to play. Expect the Bulls to take it slow with Dunleavy as they want to make sure he is healthy for the second half of the season and the playoffs.
Dunleavy (back) will travel with the Bulls on their upcoming four-game West Coast trip but remains without a timetable for his return, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. It doesn't sound like Dunleavy will warrant consideration to play in any of those games, but he does plan to step up his workouts with the team during that stretch. Though Dunleavy is expected to take part in non-contact walkthroughs with the team, it could still be another week or longer before he starts fully practicing with the team. As a result, it's looking increasingly likely that Dunleavy might not make his season debut until December.
Dunleavy (back) began running earlier this week and is expected to start cutting within a few days, CSN Chicago's Vincent Goodwill reports. "[Dunleavy's] getting closer to getting back out there on the floor," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "He did a tempo run [Tuesday], all in a straight line as of right now." Hoiberg also relayed that Dunleavy remains in the strength-building phase of his recovery, so a return to full practice may not immediately be on the horizon. Dunleavy, who is seven weeks removed from the lower-back surgery that was expected to sideline him for eight-to-10 weeks, looks set to return closer to the long end of that timetable, if not slightly after it. The Bulls have already cycled through two starters at small forward (Tony Snell and Doug McDermott), so it's still possible that Dunleavy will be able to ascend back to the top of the depth chart when he's healthy again.
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