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The Chicago Bulls are going to use caution when it comes to high-scoring guard Zach LaVine and his right knee patellar tendon strain, according to coach Jim Boylen, as relayed by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Boylen said Bulls will proceed very cautiously with LaVine. There’s no timeline and team hasn’t yet talked about shutting him down. But Bulls are going to fall on side of conservative.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 11, 2019
Johnson reports while no conversations have yet taken place in regard to shutting LaVine down for the season, they could very well take place soon.
He is listed as doubtful for Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
LaVine, who turned 24 on Sunday, has been on fire of late, averaging 26.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists in his last 14 games, shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 44.2 percent from deep and 73.9 percent from the free-throw line.
While Chicago has been one of the worst teams in the NBA this season, taking a 14-49 record into play Monday night, during LaVine’s 14-game run the Bulls are 7-7.
However, even LaVine admits being cautious with his knee would be the prudent direction in which for him and the team to proceed.
“There’s no reason to go out there and try to risk anything right now,” LaVine said, according to Johnson. “It’s not smart.”