Bulls lose Zach LaVine to left knee injury, embarrassed at home again

Zach LaVine’s spinning motion looked awkward. Seconds later, it went from annoying to downright concerning.

LaVine had grabbed a rebound more than three minutes into the Bulls’ Friday game against the Warriors, turned around to try and get out of trouble, and felt something in his left knee that forced him to foul immediately so that he can stop the action and go straight. in the locker room.

He was eventually ruled out for the remainder of the game and headed for an MRI scan, but the initial belief was that it was just further discomfort in his knee, which had been sore for a few games. It’s the same knee that LaVine had to have anterior cruciate ligament surgery on in February 2017.

Coach Billy Donovan ruled LaVine out of traveling to Boston for the start of a two-game road trip Saturday, but he offered little more than that.

“I don’t know how serious it is or not,” Donovan said. ”I think the MRI will say a lot [Saturday]. Before I speculate or guess, I don’t know until he gets the MRI. ”

LaVine’s injury left the Bulls facing a Warriors team without Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, and they put in an embarrassing second straight performance. They followed a lackluster second half against the Nets on Wednesday with a full-game collapse in a 138-96 loss to the Warriors in a second straight televised game at the United Center.

The main culprit against the Warriors was the lackluster defense, which allowed 37 points in the first quarter and 41 in the second.

Not only were the Bulls outscored 41-19 in the second quarter, they turned the ball over seven times, allowed the Warriors to shoot 60.7% from the field, were passed 14-6 and shot 1 for 7 from three points. range in the period.

The Bulls became the first team in NBA history to lead their conference and lose consecutive home games by 25 or more points.

“It’s definitely a learning experience for all of us on what to expect,” veteran forward DeMar DeRozan said. ”We just got our asses kicked two [games] in a row, and now it’s about how we respond. We’ll see what we’re made of.

”No one will come to save the day; it’s on us. These two games should be all the motivation we need.

As for the help to come before the Feb. 10 trade deadline, Donovan wasn’t about to go yet. He speaks almost daily with executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley and said everything has remained fairly quiet on that front so far.

“We kind of talked and assessed our team with where we are, and I think Arturas has mentioned publicly that he will do whatever he can to help the group,” Donovan said. “I didn’t go into details regarding the players, the trade deadline. . . . His comment to me – Arturas – was, “Listen, as we get closer to this, we’ll let you know.” I didn’t feel like a lot was going on.

“I think Arturas looks at all these things, but there was no, ‘Hey, we have to do this now.’ As Arturas mentioned, the chemistry within the team is really good. And I think chemistry being as good as it is, you want to make sure that whatever you do, the chemistry keeps moving forward. ”

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