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Bulls expect Zach LaVine, Ayo Dosunmu to miss more time

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Nov 14, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan talks to forward DeMar DeRozan (11) and guard Zach LaVine (8) during a timeout of the NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. The Bulls wins 100-90. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan talks to forward DeMar DeRozan (11) and guard Zach LaVine (8) during a timeout of the NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. The Bulls wins 100-90. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Lonely times are likely to continue for the Chicago Bulls, head coach Billy Donovan said on Thursday.

The Bulls were scheduled to play Thursday night but like Tuesday’s date with the Detroit Pistons, the game was postponed due to the health situation in Chicago.

“We haven’t been able to do anything at all,” Donovan said regarding team workouts and practices.

Medically cleared individuals, including Coby White and Javonte Green returning from COVID-19 protocols, are able to work out at the team facility. DeMar DeRozan should be among the next individuals to shuffle out of protocols and into individual workouts.

But the full roster might not be together again until early in the new year, Donovan said.

“I think the league is doing everything they can do to obviously play games and at the same time keep people healthy,” Donovan said.

At the moment, the Bulls are scheduled to return to the court Sunday, hosting the Los Angeles Lakers. That game was moved back five hours to a nighttime start and the Bulls are hoping every hour removed from a flood of positive tests for the virus will be beneficial.

Not expected back this weekend are Zach LaVine, Ayo Dosunmu and Alize Johnson. Donovan said all three are more likely to return “after Christmas.”

The Bulls could be near a full roster for the New Year’s Eve matinee at Indiana provided the team doesn’t receive more bad news on the health front.

The Lakers are dealing with their own headaches with Dwight Howard, Malik Monk and Talen Horton-Tucker in COVID protocol.

–Field Level Media