LaVine not expected to miss significant time after positive MRI scan

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16/01/202203:00
Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls dribbles the ball up the court against the Miami Heat
Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls dribbles the ball up the court against the Miami Heat

The Chicago Bulls have received good news with All-Star guard Zach LaVine not expected to miss significant time after an MRI showed no structural damage to his left knee.

LaVine had limped out of the Bulls' 138-96 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday and underwent an MRI on Saturday morning.

The Bulls confirmed that LaVine will be re-evaluated early next week but that the MRI was positive albeit they were unable to provide a timeline on his return to play.

"Obviously very optimistic and very grateful that it wasn't something more," Bulls coach Billy Donovan said.

"That's why they wanted to do the MRI, so he'll continue to get therapy and we'll re-evaluate him after a period of time. I don't think it's something that's long-term, which is a good thing.

"The biggest thing is how does he respond to therapy, treatment, those kinds of things. I think once they see how he responds to the therapy there will be a clearer view of when a return date will be possible."

LaVine is averaging 24.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 49 percent from the field across 38 games this season for the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls.

Zach LaVine underwent an MRI this morning which revealed no significant structural damage to his left knee.

LaVine has begun targeted therapy and will be reassessed early next week when a more definitive timetable will be determined.

He is not expected to miss significant time.

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