Hutchison (toe) is expected to be confined to a walking boot for up to four weeks and will be re-examined after the All-Star break.
Hutchison has officially been diagnosed with an acute injury to a sesamoid bone in his right foot, which will knock him out of game action for an extended period of time. The 22nd overall pick in the June draft, Hutchison has started the past 11 games for Chicago, averaging 8.2 points and 6.4 rebounds across 29.2 minutes. Coach Jim Boylen will be faced with the task of finding a replacement small forward. Jabari Parker, Wayne Selden and Shaquille Harrison are all candidates to fill minutes at the position.
Hutchison (toe) is expected to miss at least two weeks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Hutchison is expected to have his fractured right toe reevaluated in two weeks, but will likely miss at least that time and could be at risk of having an extended absence based on the diagnosis. It's unclear who will start in place of Hutchison, but Shaquille Harrison and Wayne Selden are good bets to see an increase in run.
Hutchison underwent an MRI on Saturday and there is "strong internal concern" that he's suffered a right toe injury in Friday's 106-101 loss to the Clippers that could keep him out for an extended time, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
More information should arrive once the MRI results come back, but it's possible Hutchison has suffered a long-term injury. The health setback comes at an unfortunate time for Hutchison, who tallied his first career double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds) and added two assists and one steal in 41 minutes Friday. If Hutchison is sidelined for an extended period, coach Jim Boylen could be forced to turn to Jabari Parker or Shaquille Harrison as the team's starting small forward.
Despite the disappointing team outcome, Tuesday's game was another step on the right direction for the rookie, who's put together back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts for the first time in his career. Hutchison has shot well over 50 percent on each of those games as well, and he's also developing into a steady force on the boards. Factoring in his line versus the Lakers, Hutchison has pulled down between five and eight rebounds in his last four contests, his most productive stretch in that category thus far.
Hutchison will start Friday's matchup against the Pacers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Hutchison practiced with the starters Friday and will reportedly be making his fourth start of the season versus Indiana. The rookie is currently posting 17.3 minutes, 4.2 points and 3.5 rebounds across 33 games played this year.
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