LaVine (knee) will not play Sunday against the Bucks. With the Bulls eliminated from postseason contention, LaVine and Nikola Vucevic will both be held out for maintenance purposes.
LaVine is dealing with knee discomfort and will not play Saturday against the Nets, Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago reports. The Bulls have officially been eliminated from the play-in tournament, so there's no reason to risk further injury to LaVine. In his absence, more minutes will be available for Coby White and Garrett Temple.
LaVine recorded 24 points (8-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds and two assists across 35 minutes in Thursday's 114-102 win over the Raptors. Thanks to LaVine's exemplary night, Chicago's playoff aspirations still have a pulse as the season winds down. Since his return to action after sitting in COVID-19 protocols for over two weeks, LaVine's averaged 26.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists over five games.
LaVine had 41 points (15-27 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 5-7 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal over 37 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Nets. LaVine did all he could to keep the Bulls in it, but Chicago is now 3.0 games behind the Wizards and will need to win out -- and get some major help -- to have a chance to snag a play-in spot. LaVine was the only Bulls player to score more than 16 points on a night when Chicago shot just 40.6 percent from the field while allowing Brooklyn to hit 47.2 percent of its field goals. The Bulls will finish out the regular season with games against Toronto (Thursday), Brooklyn (Saturday) and Milwaukee (Sunday).
LaVine tallied 30 points (10-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT), six assists and three rebounds across 36 minutes Sunday in the Bulls' 108-96 win over the Pistons. Facing off against a Detroit team holding out several key regulars due to injuries or rest, LaVine took advantage of the favorable matchup and delivered his best line in his first three games back from a COVID-19-related absence. With LaVine also upping his minutes count to 36 on Sunday after getting 27 and 30, respectively, in his first two outings since returning, he looks like he'll be free of any restrictions heading into the Bulls' final four games of the season. Since the Bulls are still in the thick of contention for a spot in the Eastern Conference's play-in tournament, LaVine doesn't look like a candidate to sit out for rest purposes at any point during the upcoming week, unless the Bulls are already eliminated from playoff contention heading into Sunday's regular-season finale.
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