Bulls' Zach LaVine out 2-4 weeks with ankle injury
NBA.com Global on Dec 20, 2018 07:23 AM
FILE - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11: Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls goes for a lay up against the Atlanta Hawks on March 11, 2018 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls revealed Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) that star guard Zach LaVine will miss approximately 2-4 weeks with an ankle injury.
INJURY UPDATE: Zach LaVine injured his left ankle in the 4th quarter of the Bulls game against Orlando on Dec. 13. Additional opinions concurred with the original diagnosis of a medial ankle sprain. LaVine will be out approximately two-to-four weeks from the date of the injury. pic.twitter.com/DVSM4ioksm— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 19, 2018
Per Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune, Boylen termed it a lower ankle sprain of the deltoid ligament, while Malika Andrews of ESPN.com clarified that the 2-4 week timetable would extend from Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), not the original date of injury, which took place during the fourth quarter of Friday's (last Saturday, PHL time) 97-91 loss to the Orlando Magic in Mexico City.
"We've gotten all the information we need to," Boylen told reporters. "We feel safe saying that's kind of where it's at."
LaVine, in his second season with Chicago, has been playing career-best ball, averaging 23.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 35.3 minutes per game. Attacking the rim with more frequency, LaVine had been earning 6.0 free throws nightly -- a marked boost from his previous high of 4.5, set last year in 24 games prior to a knee injury that prematurely ended his season.