Bulls' Bobby Portis to Miss 4 to 6 Weeks with Knee Injury

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2018

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 22: Bobby Portis #5 of the Chicago Bulls shoots the ball against the Dallas Mavericks during a game on October 22, 2018 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Chicago Bulls power forward Bobby Portis has been diagnosed with a moderate MCL sprain in his right knee and will miss between four and six weeks, the team announced Thursday. 

The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson first reported Portis was expected to miss at least a month. 

Portis suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 112-110 win over the Charlotte Hornets

Prior to hitting the shelf, the fourth-year forward averaged 10.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks a night over the Bulls' first four games. 

The Bulls are already without power forward Lauri Markkanen, who continues to nurse a right elbow sprain. 

Until Portis or Markkanen return, Jabari Parker figures to be thrust into a prominent role at the 4 as head coach Fred Hoiberg scrambles for a stopgap solution in his suddenly decimated frontcourt. 

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