Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr.

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Bulls' Porter, LaVine Out Against Wizards

Porter has a right rotation cuff strain, and LaVine has a thigh ailment.

March 20, 2019 - 6:35 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bulls will be without two starters when they host the Wizards on Wednesday evening.

After small forward Otto Porter Jr. was ruled out in the morning with a shoulder injury, guard Zach LaVine was a late scratch, just more than 40 minutes before tip-off and about 15 minutes after he was listed on the starting lineup sheet. LaVine has been dealing with a thigh contusion.

Antonio Blakeney and Shaq Harrison will both start in the absence of Porter and LaVine. It will be the Bulls' 21st starting lineup of the season.

Porter has a right rotator cuff strain, which he suffered in a loss at Sacramento on Sunday. Porter then sat out Chicago's win at Phoenix on Monday night. The Bulls haven't released a timeline for Porter's return, though he expects to return this season. Porter had an MRI that came back clean, but he was still "very sore," coach Jim Boylen said.

The Bulls shut down LaVine late last season out of an abundance of caution and for draft lottery positioning as he dealt with some knee soreness. But such a scenario doesn't seem to be on the mind of Porter, who scoffed at the notion that he could be sidelined the remainder of the season, which has nine games left for the Bulls after Wednesday.

"You thought I was going to be out the rest of the season?" Porter asked quizzically.

Porter is averaging 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 15 games for the Bulls, who acquired him from the Wizards in early February.

LaVine is averaging a team-best 23.7 points and adding 4.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.