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Injury Update: Patrick Williams and Troy Brown Jr. Should Both be Good to Go for Home Opener

Chicago Bulls

For about three hours on Thursday, Bulls fans had a familiar uneasy feeling in their stomach.

Head coach Billy Donovan shared the news that Patrick Williams suffered a shoulder strain in the team’s season-opener on Wednesday. While Williams was able to get some shots up, Donovan said that he would likely be considered questionable heading into the opening night battle with the New Orleans Pelicans. Questionable isn’t a death sentence, but I think it’s safe to say Bulls fans have come to expect the worst as it pertains to lottery-pick injury news.

However, in another sign from the basketball gods that things might be actually be changing for this franchise, Williams started to trend in the right direction as the hour ticked by. When the 4:30 p.m. CT injury report surfaced yesterday, he was then listed as “probable” for the home-opener tonight.

Jump ahead to this morning, and Williams confirmed that he will be good to go.

Williams also told The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry that he chose not to re-watch the injury, which I think was a pretty good call. I would not want to see my arm bent in a way it shouldn’t go either.

The availability of bench wing Troy Brown Jr. has also been in question since Donovan chose to sit him after just four minutes against the Pistons. Brown has apparently been dealing with a “mouth issue” but will be 100 percent going into tonight’s meeting with the Pelicans.

With Brown apparently good to go, one has to wonder if we will still see Ayo Dosunmu take the court. The rookie gave the team a solid 11 minutes during the opener thank to Brown’s absence, but was it enough to secure him more playing time? We’ll see.



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.