Bulls' Zach LaVine Ruled out vs. Warriors After Suffering Knee Injury

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 15, 2022

MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 11: Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls is defended by Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat during the first half at FTX Arena on December 11, 2021 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine has been ruled out for the remainder of Friday's game against the Golden State Warriors due to a knee injury, the team announced.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported "there's initial confidence" that LaVine avoided a serious injury: 

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Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine will get an MRI on his left knee Saturday, but there's initial confidence that he hasn't suffered a serious injury, sources tell ESPN. It was described as "discomfort" and erring on side of caution with MRI tomorrow.

NBC Sports Chicago's K.C. Johnson reported it's "unlikely" LaVine will join the Bulls at the start of their upcoming two-game road trip.  

The 26-year-old left the game at the 8:28 mark of the first quarter after grabbing an offensive rebound and then committing a turnover. 

LaVine previously missed two games after being placed in health and safety protocols. He's been in stellar form this season, entering Friday averaging 25.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game while shooting 49.1 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from deep. 

The Bulls are deep at the guard spot, so they can withstand a potential absence from the All-Star, though their scoring will take a hit. 

DeMar DeRozan will take on more responsibility as a scorer with LaVine out of the lineup.