Zach LaVine continues to progress by restoration from a proper foot harm, however the Chicago Bulls nonetheless aren’t positive when their most contract star will probably be able to return to the court docket.
The Bulls initially set a 3-4 week estimated restoration window for LaVine on Dec. 6, which might have returned the guard to the court docket someday between Wednesday and Jan. 3. But that timeline didn’t account for extra necessities to return to play, together with regaining recreation health and progressing by contact practices.
Coach Billy Donovan mentioned LaVine responded effectively to his first day of elevated exercise Tuesday — which included reducing and lateral motion drills — following three weeks of relaxation.
“He came out of it good so I think he’s going to do a little bit more,” Donovan mentioned. “I think there’s going to be a steady increase on what he’s doing. Everything up to this point in time that he’s had to go through, he’s really done a great job and medical guys have done a great job and everybody feels like he’s progressing at the right state.”
LaVine continued these workouts throughout apply on the Advocate Center on Wednesday, beginning with straight-ahead operating earlier than transferring into side-to-side drills.
Since the harm is concentrated alongside the outer metatarsal of LaVine’s foot, regaining full vary of movement in lateral actions will probably be a key earlier than LaVine is cleared by the staff’s medical employees. Donovan mentioned LaVine has a number of hurdles to clear earlier than he can return to contact practices, which can probably happen with participant growth employees or Windy City gamers.
Throughout the prolonged absence, Donovan mentioned LaVine has remained vocal within the locker room and wanting to progress by his restoration.
“I think he’s a lot happier now because he can get on the court and he can run and he can do some shooting and he can work out,” Donovan mentioned. “He’s been great. He’s been in good spirits and I think being able to work out and see himself make progress has been really positive.”
Nikola Vučević might miss 1-2 weeks with groin harm
The Bulls are additionally set to play with out beginning heart Nikola Vučević for at the very least one other week as a result of a groin harm.
Vučević missed Tuesday’s recreation in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks after injuring his groin whereas making an attempt to contest a dunk in Saturday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to a report by The Athletic, that absence might prolong to 7-10 days, which might stop Vučević from taking part in in at the very least 5 video games together with a back-to-back highway journey to New York and Philadelphia.
Donovan mentioned Vučević has felt higher every day this week, however nonetheless can’t place a timeline on the middle’s return.
“It’s just hard for me to say how long it would be,” Donovan mentioned, including the staff could have a greater thought in just a few days.
The Bulls will proceed to depend on backup heart Andre Drummond in Vučević’s absence.