Bulls' Antonio Blakeney Out For Season With Left Wrist Fracture

Blakeney suffered the injury in a loss Monday.

Cody Westerlund
March 22, 2018 - 4:20 pm
Antonio Blakeney

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By Cody Westerlund--

(670 The Score) A Bulls guard has been shut down for the season. For now, it's not yet one of the two players who were the prime candidates.

Antonio Blakeney has been ruled out for the season's final 11 games with a non-displaced scaphoid fracture in his left wrist, the team announced Thursday afternoon. He suffered the injury in a loss at New York on Monday, when he had two nasty falls. One came after he fell awkwardly on a great block, while the other spill came when he was flagrantly fouled on a drive to the hoop. Despite the pain in the ensuing days, Blakeney logged 23 minutes in a loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday night, scoring six points.

An MRI confirmed the fracture after it'd initially been ruled a sprined wrist. Hand specialist Dr. John Fernandez examined Blakeney.

Blakeney, 21, is on a two-way contract and has split time between the Bulls and the Windy City Bulls. He was a scoring machine with Windy City, leading the G League with 32.0 points per game. He averaged 7.9 points in 16.5 minutes across 19 games this season for the Bulls. The plan had been for him to spend the remainder of the season with the big league club.

The Bulls are quite short-handed in the season's stretch run. Point guard Kris Dunn is dealing with a turf toe injury, and there's no timetable for his return. Wing Zach LaVine has tendinitis in his surgically repaired left knee and will be re-evaluated Sunday or early next week. If his knee is still bothering him, there's a strong chance he's shut down for the season. Rookie big man Lauri Markkanen has been dealing with back spasms. He's expected to play either Friday or Saturday but not in both games.

Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.