LaVine (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's matchup with the Cavaliers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
LaVine is dealing with some tendinitis in his knee and with the Bulls already eliminated from playoff contention, there's no reason to have him play through it. Along with LaVine, the Bulls will be without Kris Dunn (toe) and Lauri Markkanen (back), so they'll be without three of their typical starters. In the backcourt specifically, Cameron Payne and Justin Holiday wills start at point guard and shooting guard, respectively. Along with Payne and Holiday, David Nwaba and Denzel Valentine should see an uptick in their workloads.
LaVine is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Cavaliers due to knee tendinitis, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The issue doesn't appear to be anything serious, but the Bulls will nonetheless exercise caution considering LaVine is coming off of a torn ACL. Look for a more definitive update at shootaround in the morning, and if LaVine is held out, expect David Nwaba, Denzel Valentine and Antonio Blakeney to absorb most of his workload.
LaVine finished with 20 points (4-12 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 10-10 FT), five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes during Thursday's 111-110 victory over the Grizzlies.
LaVine chipped in across the board as the Bulls defeated the Grizzlies. His scoring output has been up and down lately but one thing that has remained constant has been his inefficiency from the field. He has now shot at least 50 percent in just one of his past 15 outings. He will continue to be the primary option for the Bulls and is certainly worthy of a roster spot in standard leagues, but if you are in need of a crucial victory in your playoffs, his disastrous field-goal percentage could prove to be a difference maker.
LaVine totaled 21 points (7-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three assists, one rebound and one block across 28 minutes in Sunday's 129-122 win over the Hawks.
In a battle between two struggling teams, LaVine shined offensively, hitting just under 50 percent of his shots en route to a solid outing where he led the Bulls in points. He had hit just two threes in his last four contests, but knocked down three Sunday night, which bodes well for his future outlook if he can find that shot.LaVine will get minutes, but it's up to the young guard to perform in a lost season.
LaVine scored eight points (3-15 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT) to go along with three rebounds and two steals across 27 minutes during Friday's 99-83 loss to the Pistons.
LaVine led the team in shot attempts in this one, but he connected on just 20 percent of his attempts and failed to convert even a single time from beyond the arc. The explosive swingman has struggled with his shot of late, knocking down just 34 percent of his shot attempts over the last five games. Nevertheless, LaVine remains the top offensive option for a young Bulls team and will have every opportunity to shoot his way out of his current slump.
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