Zach LaVine returns after missing last five games

Zach LaVine returns after missing last five games

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Zach LaVine returns after missing last five games

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Rob Schaefer: Javonte Green and Zach LaVine are playing tonight, per Billy Donovan Green has “hard” 22-25 minute restriction. LaVine will have higher minutes than that, but not normal workload
Source: Twitter @rob_schaef

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Zach LaVine returned one game earlier than expected and stuffed the box score in a surprising 35 minutes.
Now, about that Bulls’ 4th quarter . . .
For @NBCSChicago: nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/…11:55 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Zach LaVine returned a little earlier this his initial diagnosis, which called for later this week.
His reason? “I just didn’t want to wait any longer. I’ve been working out at home and this is just about as healthy as my knee is going to get” – 11:02 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Zach LaVine on the decision to come back from injury tonight: “I just got tired of watching the games.” – 10:58 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Zach LaVine, via Zoom from OKC: “I felt good.”
LaVine confirmed reporting that he had been playing through knee swelling before he left the Warriors game. – 10:56 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Final: Bulls 111, Thunder 110
Vucevic: 26 pts, 15 reb, 4 ast, 3 blk
Ayo: 24 pts, 10-14 FG (career-hiigh)
LaVine: 23 pts, 7 reb, 7 ast
Bulls nearly surrender 28-point second-half lead, but survive to move to 29-17 – 10:28 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls 111, Thunder 110
Bulls, playing without DeRozan, almost blow 28-point, 3rd-quarter lead
Vucevic 26 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists
LaVine 23 points (6-19 FGs), 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals
Dosunmu 24 points (career-high), 8 assists, 5 rebounds
SGA 31 pts, 10 assists – 10:27 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Final: Bulls 111, Thunder 110.
Nikola Vučević: 26/15/4
Ayo Dosunmu: 24/5/8
Zach LaVine: 23/7/7
Coby White: 9/7/7
The Bulls are now 29-17. – 10:27 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Zach Lavine defended that potential game-tying stepback SGA 3 a helluva lot better than Nic Batum did earlier this season – 10:26 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Zach LaVine has been at center of multiple empty offensive possessions down stretch for Bulls, and just now was back-cut by Josh Giddey for a layup that makes it 108-107 Bulls (with ball) with 14.8 secs to play – 10:23 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
The Thunder slice a 28-point Bulls lead down to six points, fueled by an 11-point run now. Ayo was leading scoring, but fouled out. DeRozan isn’t available, LaVine is fresh off an injury and Vooch has been shaky in fourth quarters. Crunch time now for the Bulls. – 10:15 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Was that over and back on LaVine just before that timeout? Play-by-play lists Bulls turnover. Stay tuned. – 10:14 PM
Brad Botkin @bradbotkincbs
Really thought Vooch would be awesome with LaVine in Chicago. Just ain’t happening – 10:06 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Not a bad return for Zach LaVine, who has 21-7-7 with two steals with 9 minutes remaining – 9:54 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Zach LaVine made it back out of the locker room just in time to see Ayo Dosunmu sink a halfcourt buzzer beater to end the third quarter. After official video review, the shot stands. – 9:47 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
The box score didn’t not get altered during halftime to reflect an Ayo hoop credited to LaVine, sending @Rob Schaefer and, to a lesser extent, @CodyWesterlund into apoplexy – 9:19 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Bulls take the 58-48 lead into the half.
DeMar DeRozan might not be playing tonight, but there’s an echo of him in OKC as Ayo Dosunmu dominates the midrange to net 16 points on perfect shooting.
Zach LaVine (12 pts) also bringing a bounce in his return from injury. – 9:07 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls 58, Thunder 48 at half
Box score lists Dosunmu with 16 points on 7-7 FGs and LaVine with 12 points. But one Ayo hoop may have been erroneously credited to LaVine. Stay tuned.
Either way, Bulls are cooking. 52.3% FGs and 15 assists. – 9:05 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Strong start from Ayo Dosunmu (10 points, zero misses) and Zach LaVine (7 points, 3 assists, 2 steals). LaVine’s presence really boosts the Bulls in their transition aggression and that’s been clear so far tonight. – 8:40 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
DeMar DeRozan is out, Nikola Vucevic is a game-time decision and Zach Lavine is on a minutes limit vs OKC.
We’ve had individual players sit out to avoid Lu Dort, but a team-wide Dort ducking is a first. – 6:55 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Donovan says Javonte Green will not go past 24 minutes; Zach LaVine will play less than usual, but more than that. #Bulls6:41 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Zach LaVine and Javonte Green will both play tonight vs Thunder, Billy Donovan says.
Green will be on a minutes restriction of about 20-25 minutes – 6:41 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Zach LaVine and Javonte Green will both play in OKC tonight.
Green has a “hard minutes restriction” — team docs don’t want him to play longer than 25 minutes. He’ll likely play shorter stints to prevent fatigue. LaVine will play closer to a normal load. – 6:41 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
According to Billy D, Green won’t go more than 25 min tonight. LaVine a bit longer. – 6:41 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Javonte Green and Zach LaVine are playing tonight, per Billy Donovan
Green has “hard” 22-25 minute restriction. LaVine will have higher minutes than that, but not normal workload – 6:41 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Zach LaVine and Javonte Green will play vs. Thunder, Billy Donovan said via Zoom from OKC. Green will play 22-25 minutes. LaVine more. – 6:40 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
#Bulls center Nikola Vucevic listed as questionable for OKC tonight with left patella contusion. Zach LaVine & Javonte Green also questionable, but seems unlikely they’d travel to OKC and not play – 1:35 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
This is DeRozan’s 12th 30-point game, one more than LaVine. They’ve toggled back and forth all season. – 8:06 PM

More on this storyline

Rob Schaefer: Bulls upgrade Zach LaVine and Javonte Green to questionable vs. OKC. They’re meeting team on the road today Nikola Vucevic is also questionable with a left patella contusion -via Twitter @rob_schaef / January 24, 2022
KC Johnson: Bulls have upgraded Zach LaVine and Javonte Green to doubtful vs. Magic. Neither will play. Neither is on trip. But fact they’re no longer listed as “out” means they’re progressing. -via Twitter @KCJHoop / January 22, 2022

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