It was all good vibes as the Bulls headed to 4-0 and await a visit from the Knicks in an early-season showdown tomorrow night.
“Small tear in the tendon, almost like a Grade 1 to 2 sprain.” — Zach LaVine said of thumb injury. Has it taped up pic.twitter.com/QiD1Z4xLW0— Rob Schaefer (@rob_schaef) October 27, 2021
Word of this injury ‘broke’ a few hours earlier, as Klutch Sports used their stenographer Shams Charania to make it clear that their client is playing through pain and has no plans to rest due to this injury.
Jamal Collier’s sources told him the injury happened sometime prior to Monday’s game in Toronto, somewhat contradicting earlier speculation that there was an acute incident that caused LaVine to cough up the ball a couple times late in that game. But it looks like the thumb was was re-aggravated then, and reportedly only after that game did LaVine get an MRI.
LaVine did have his worst game on Monday, but that’s a relative term: he only had the two turnovers and still more points than field goal attempts. We’ll have to see how this affects him going forward...it’s a non-shooting hand but that still may mean difficulty dribbling under pressure or lack of handsy defense (the lesson, as always: never hustle).
Not great timing that this is on the onset of a grueling stretch of opponents, but the Bulls as a team are pretty healthy overall.