Bulls Will Re-Evaluate Zach LaVine In 5-7 Days As He Deals With Knee Tendinitis

The Bulls could move to shut LaVine down for the season.

Cody Westerlund
March 21, 2018 - 6:47 pm
Bulls guard Zach LaVine

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By Cody Westerlund--

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- The possibility is growing that Bulls guard Zach LaVine gets shut down for the season as he deals with tendinitis in his surgically repaired left knee.

The Bulls plan to re-evaluate LaVine in five to seven days, they said Wednesday. That means in addition to missing the contest against the Nuggets on Wednesday, he'll at least miss games Friday and Saturday. Chicago then has two off days and plays again next Tuesday.

If LaVine feels good at his next medical check, the plan is for him to work his way back into the lineup down the stretch. The Bulls have 12 games left, counting Wednesday's contest.

If LaVine is still experiencing soreness in his knee, there's a strong possibility he could be shut down for the rest of the season. The rebuilding Bulls have maintained a cautious approach all season in dealing with injuries, and that's even more magnified in the final weeks as they jockey for draft lottery positioning. 

LaVine torn his left ACL last February while with the Timberwolves, then returned in mid-January. He has averaged 16.7 points on 38.3 percent shooting. The team has held him out of one side of every back-to-back since he's returned.

Wednesday marks the third straight game LaVine is missing with knee soreness.

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