Only a handful of minutes after we learned DeMar DeRozan entered the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols, head coach Billy Donovan announced Alex Caruso would be sidelined for at least a week.
Caruso walked into tonight’s game as doubtful with a hamstring injury. The Bulls’ key defender tried to give things a go on Saturday night against the Brooklyn Nets but was quickly pulled after only 8 minutes of play. While Donovan shared with reporters before the game that Caruso’s injury is not expected to be serious, he did say the team will wait to re-evaluate him in a week.
“It’s not significant,” Donovan says. Caruso had an MRI, but the Bulls will re-evaluate him in a week.
“You just don't want to have something that’s going to prolong this thing for weeks on end"
— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) December 6, 2021
The choice of sitting Caruso to ensure he reaches 100 percent sooner than later is certainly one I can get behind. With that said, his multi-game absence arguably could not come at a worse time. The Bulls are at risk of losing DeMar DeRozan for at least 10 days, while Coby White and Javonte Green are also in NBA Protocols and expected to miss the remainder of this week. If you’re not keeping track, that means the Bulls are heading into matchups with the Denver Nuggets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Miami Heat without two starters and two key reserves.
The good news is the Bulls still have two All-Stars in their starting lineup, but it’s going to take some big-time performances from Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic to keep this team afloat over the next few games. Players like Ayo Dosunmu and Derrick Jones Jr. will also have to provide even more of a spark on both ends of the floor.