The Chicago Bulls (27-13) haven't been together as an entire team in a while because of injuries and COVID-19 health protocols.
According to The Chicago Tribune, the latest injury occurred roughly 3 minutes into the Jan. 14 game against the Golden State Warriors (31-11) when Zach LaVine exited with a left knee injury. As a result, the Bulls suffered their worst loss this season, 138-96 at the United Center.
After trailing by 39 points at halftime en route to a 118-99 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 13, the Warriors turned around and built a 31-point halftime lead against the Bulls, CBS Sports noted. The 70-point discrepancy in halftime scoring margins is the largest for any NBA team on consecutive days in the shot clock era, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
"He's got some discomfort right now and they want to take a look," Bulls coach Billy Donovan said about LaVine shortly after the game. "He didn't feel like he could return." He added, "I just don't know until he gets an MRI."
Coby White led the Bulls with 20 points. Jonathan Kuminga had 25 points and three blocks to lead the Warriors.
LaVine will not travel to Boston for the Bulls' Jan. 15 game against the Celtics.