UPDATE: Boylen relayed to media today that LaVine is expected to be out an additional 2-4 weeks from today.
Zach LaVine is not with the team in San Antonio, flying back to Chicago to have his ankle examined and ensuring he’ll miss at least the next two games:
Coach Jim Boylen said LaVine is limping and in a walking boot after spraining his deltoid ligament. There’s no official timeline yet, but there’s some belief in the Bulls organization that LaVine could miss time beyond Monday.
I think this is just a ‘typical’ ankle sprain, not a high-ankle sprain which is a different ligament.
In his story, KC Johnson has this strange bit on the possible times LaVine suffered the injury in Thursday night’s loss to the Magic.
It’s unclear when exactly LaVine suffered the injury. There’s some belief he first aggravated it on a dunk and later worsened it trying to score on a drive on the final, meaningless play at the buzzer in the 97-91 loss to the Magic. There’s another theory that the final play is when the injury first occurred.
I literally don’t understand where the mentioned ‘belief’ comes from regarding a dunk, as he didn’t have a dunk in that game?
Where LaVine ‘heard the pop’ was on that dumb final drive attempt. The Bulls were down six with mere seconds remaining.
LaVine looks to pad numbers going inside, gets rejected, comes up limping. I've been told internally they feel this was a great finish. pic.twitter.com/PhUJcpnEmU— BlogABull.com (@BullsBlogger) December 14, 2018
As pointed out in the comments, while simply chucking a three would’ve at least made more sense, Zach LaVine hasn’t attempted such a ‘heave’ since he was a rookie.
Also worth mentioning that LaVine had crested over the 40 minute mark by that point, kind of a weird strategy for Jim Boylen if everyone is so out of shape!
We’ll likely hear more on the severity of LaVine’s injury in the coming days. Given how the Bulls diagnostics have been this season so far, expect his foot to have fallen off and be out 4-6 weeks.