The Chicago Bulls have been snakebitten by injuries the past two seasons.
You can add Mike Dunleavy to that list.
Fortunately for Bulls fans, his ailment doesn’t look like one that will keep him out for an extended amount of time. That being said, it still appeared rather painful, as Rachel Nichols of CNN and Turner Sports pointed out:
Bulls Mike Dunleavy back in the training room getting stitches. Return questionable. No concussion testing yet. pic.twitter.com/l2ooK31mNe— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) March 14, 2014
The Chicago Bulls' official Twitter page gave the details of how the injury occurred:
Mike Dunleavy with a facial laceration above his right eye, suffered while taking a charge, is questionable to return. #HOUvsCHI— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 14, 2014
KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune later confirmed that Dunleavy latter returned to the game:
Dunleavy starts second half.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 14, 2014
Nichols provided the exact amount of stitches he needed to cover up his gash:
Ten stitches for the Bulls' Mike Dunleavy. Sort of surprised it wasn't more. pic.twitter.com/eg2hU9DHHn— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) March 14, 2014
The Bulls are known for their gritty and physical defense, so it should come as no surprise that Dunleavy hurt himself when trying to take a charge.
Dunleavy is back on the floor and looking like he may give it a go. #HOUvsCHI— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 14, 2014
Chicago is currently in a tight race with the likes of the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets for the No. 3 seed behind the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in the wide-open Eastern Conference—they can ill-afford to lose the sharp-shooter for an extended period of time.
If Dunleavy were seriously injured, it would hurt the Bulls' already tenuous depth situation and eliminate one of their best three-point shooters from the rotation.
Check back for updates as they unfold.