LaVine (thigh) started at shooting guard and produced a team-high 26 points (9-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT) to go with four rebounds across 25 minutes Monday in the Bulls' 110-104 exhibition loss to the Hornets.
A thigh injury had limited LaVine's practice time over the past few days, but he didn't seem to be hindered Monday while turning in his best shooting performance of the preseason. The 23-year-old doesn't bring much all-around upside to the table while playing mostly in an off-the-ball role alongside Kris Dunn, but he appears positioned as the Bulls' go-to scoring option now that he's bounced back from the torn ACL that sidelined him for much of the 2017-18 campaign. He's a decent bet to surpass the career-high 18.7 points per game he averaged with Minnesota in 2016-17.
LaVine (thigh) is expected to start Monday's game against the Hornets, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
LaVine was removed from last week's matchup with the Bucks due to a bruised quad, but he returned to full-contact practice over the weekend, and he's no longer bothered by the issue. In that game against Milwaukee, LaVine finished with eight points (3-10 FG) in 17 minutes. He fared much better in the Bulls' exhibition opener back on Sept. 30, when he put up 21 points, four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes against New Orleans.
LaVine (thigh) won't practice Thursday, but is hoping to return to action for Friday's session, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
LaVine suffered a bruised thigh during Wednesday's preseason contest, but downplayed the injury following the game and said he could've returned. Still, the Bulls will be a little cautious with him and are holding him out of Thursday's practice for rest. The tentative plan, however, is to have LaVine back at practice Friday, which means he should be good to go in time for Monday's exhibition versus the Hornets. Look for another update to be provided in the coming few days.
LaVine (thigh) downplayed his injury following Wednesday's 116-82 loss to the Bucks, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. "It's not serious," LaVine said. "I'm all good. I could've gone back in the game."
The Bulls have already labeled his injury as a thigh bruise, so it appears LaVine has avoided anything that could keep him out for an extended period of time. It seems likely that LaVine will ultimately be ready to go for the team's next preseason contest Monday against the Hornets, though it'll be worth it to monitor his status all the way up until game day considering the Bulls could opt to take a cautious approach with him. Either way, LaVine doesn't appear to be in danger of missing any regular season time and can still be drafted with confidence in fantasy leagues.
LaVine suffered a right thigh contusion during Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Bucks and won't return.
LaVine was able to walk off the floor on his own following the injury, so it doesn't appear to be anything overly serious. The fact that it's listed as a bruise is only further evidence that LaVine likely won't miss much, if any, time. The Bulls have four full days off for rest prior to Monday's tilt with the Hornets, but tentatively consider LaVine questionable for that contest until we receive additional reports on him when practices resume later this week. Prior to going down with the injury, LaVine posted eight points (3-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 16 minutes.
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