Bulls' Gafford Out 2-4 Weeks With Thumb Injury

Daniel Gafford suffered a dislocated right thumb and laceration.

670 The Score Staff
January 15, 2020 - 7:54 pm
Bulls center Daniel Gafford

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(670 The Score) The Bulls' injury troubles continued Wednesday evening.

Chicago center Daniel Gafford is expected to miss the next two to four weeks after he sustained a dislocated right thumb with a laceration, the team announced. Gafford suffered the injury less than two minutes into the Bulls' game against the Wizards at the United Center. His thumb bent at an awkward angle as he corralled a loose ball, and he quickly left for the locker room.

X-rays on Gafford's thumb were negative, the Bulls said.

Gafford was starting in place of Wendell Carter Jr., who will be out through at least early February and likely longer with a sprained ankle. The Bulls have also been without starting small forward Otto Porter Jr. (foot) since early November.

Gafford was averaging 4.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 13.2 minutes per game entering Wednesday, though his production had seen an uptick recently as he ascended into a starting role.