LaVine's ragged shooting night was partly the result of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's solid defense, and it led to the fifth-year guard's lowest scoring total since Nov. 30. LaVine has scuffling from the field more often than not lately, as he now has three sub-40-percent shooting tallies in the last four games. He did help make up for his offensive shortfall with strong work as a facilitator, however, as his assist total Tuesday qualified as his highest since Dec. 4.
Lavine turned in 21 points (7-21 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT), three rebounds, three steals, an assist and a blocked shot across 29 minutes in Saturday's 110-102 loss to the Jazz.
The Bulls are still a bit careful with LaVine and his ankle injury, but he's putting up nice totals despite taking the floor for just 29 minutes. While he's a scoring machine, LaVine could use a little help in the ancillary categories. His deficiencies there hinder his overall output, but he's still the most reliable player on the roster when he's healthy.
LaVine entered the game battling ankle soreness, but ultimately, he looked like the only Bulls starter that showed up against the defending champs. The 23-year-old's scoring total easily led the team on the night and represented his third tally of at least 27 points in the last four games. LaVine has been locked in since returning from a five-game absence due to ankle issues, as he's shot 57.1 percent or better in six of eight contests, a stretch that includes five games with a success rate of 42.9 percent or better from distance.
LaVine (ankle) will be available Friday against the Warriors.
As expected, LaVine will play through right ankle soreness. Over the past six games, he's averaged 21.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals on 46.9 percent shooting.
LaVine is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Warriors due to right ankle soreness.
It's unclear when the injury cropped up, but it doesn't sound like anything that will force LaVine to miss any game action. Look for his status to clear up closer to tipoff. If LaVine is ultimately unable to play Friday, Antonio Blakeney could step into a larger role.
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