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Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine enters protocols the day before elimination game versus Bucks

Jason Burgos

The Chicago Bulls could be without one of their best players heading into a do-or-die Game 5 versus the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, it was revealed by the league that two-time All-Star Zach LaVine entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Unfortunately for the Bulls and their fans, this comes a day before the team competes in an elimination game after going down 3-1 in their best of seven series following a 119-95 loss on Sunday.

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Chicago Bulls could lose Zach Lavine for Game 5 versus Milwaukee Bucks

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This is also not the first time that LaVine has tested positive for COVID and was entered into the health and safety protocols. At the end of the 2020-2021 season, and in December of this season, the 27-year-old was entered into the protocols.

  • Zach LaVine stats (2021): 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists

It is unclear when LaVine originally contracted this latest bout with the pandemic-causing virus, when he can take more tests, or how many negative results he will need to be able to possibly play on Wednesday in Milwaukee.

LaVine was a key part of a major bounce-back year for the Chicago Bulls in 2021-2022. This season he averaged 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game for the 46-36 squad. During the playoffs, the UCLA alum averaged 19.3 PPG, 5.3 REB, and 6.0 AST.