Initial Read on Zach LaVine’s MRI is Positive, “Not Expected to Miss Significant Time”

Breathe.

The Chicago Bulls announced this afternoon that Zach LaVine underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage. LaVine will be treated accordingly and re-evaluated early next week for a return timetable.

Most importantly, the team explicitly stated that LaVine “is not expected to miss significant time.”

Considering the situation that surrounded last night’s LaVine exit (which you can catch up on here), this is incredibly positive news. LaVine, who checked himself out of the game just over 4 minutes in, walked straight to the locker room after grabbing a non-contact rebound.

NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson reported after the game that LaVine had been dealing with minor knee soreness, something he states isn’t unusual for LaVine, who had an ACL surgery in that same knee back in 2017.

Of course, we’re not completely out of the woods yet as we await a timetable for his return, but the fact the team feels confident enough to share that he will not miss significant time is about as encouraging as it can get right now.

It was also encouraging to see LaVine take to Twitter for his own virtual sigh of relief.

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Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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