Chicago Loses Game and (Potentially) Wendell Carter Jr.: Mavericks 118, Bulls 110

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Chicago Loses Game and (Potentially) Wendell Carter Jr.: Mavericks 118, Bulls 110

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Forget the singular loss, the Bulls could have a much bigger problem on their hands.

During the third quarter of Monday night’s 118-110 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Wendell Carter Jr. fell to the court. The Bulls second-year rising star immediately grabbed his ankle after landing awkwardly on Dwight Powell’s foot. He was down for a good amount of time in noticeable pain before trainers and teammates were able to get him up to his feet. He walked his way over to the sideline before he was wheel-chaired into the locker room.

A little while later, the Bulls Twitter account tweeted out an important update:

The good news: Carter Jr.’s x-rays came back negative.

The bad news: That doesn’t mean he’s in the clear at all.

We’ll likely get a better update tomorrow on how severe the injury could be, but based purely on his reaction, the expectation should be that he’s going to miss some time. I’m not going to make any assumptions on a timetable though because, after all, we did see Markkanen leave the Celtics game with an ankle injury (though Carter Jr.’s looked much worse) and then drop 26 points in tonight’s game.

For now, this will be an annoying wait, especially with this as the latest update:

In other news, the Bulls played another competitive, exciting game. Instead of putting this all in my own words, I think our friend Mark on Twitter summed this one up pretty well.

Yup, this is the longest losing streak of the Bulls season, but also some of the most encouraging basketball they’ve played thus far. Markkanen and LaVine each scored 20 tonight, while Tomas Satoransky dished out a season-high 14 assists. Daniel Gafford scored 13 points and went a perfect 6-6 from the field despite leaving the game for some time with an ankle injury of his own.

Tonight was a solid example of how these players have been clicking well as of late, but just don’t have enough firepower (nor the leadership on the sideline) to get the job done. Luka Doncic scored 21 points in the third quarter, and acted as tonight’s example of what a real superstar can do for your team.

Overall, another conflicting night of Bulls basketball.

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Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.