Javonte Green Didn't Practice, Status for Tomorrow's Game in Question (UPDATE)

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Javonte Green Didn’t Practice, Status for Tomorrow’s Game in Question (UPDATE)

Chicago Bulls

This afternoon, head coach Billy Donovan told reporters that Javonte Green sat out of practice ahead of tomorrow night’s battle with the Orlando Magic.

Green apparently tweaked his ankle in last night’s 130-116 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The versatile forward could be seen grimacing at times throughout the game, but Donovan chalked that up to banged ribs during the postgame press conference.

The good news is that holding Green out of practice seemed more precautionary than anything. The official injury report has yet to come through the wire, but the consensus is that Green should currently be considered questionable for Monday’s game.

Not only is Green coming off a season-high 16 points against the Portland Trail Blazers last night, but he has easily been one of the team’s most pesky defenders. With Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, Derrick Jones Jr., and Patrick Williams all sidelined with significant injuries, plenty of pressure to cover up defensive mistakes has fallen on Green’s athletic shoulders.

The game before he returned to action, the Bulls played the same Magic team they will see tomorrow night, losing by 19 points while allowing the bigger and more physical Wagner brothers to dominate. Green could be a big help in matching this youthful and frisky Magic energy, so let’s hope this off day is all he needed to get back to 100 percent.

Update (3:37)

The NBA’s official injury report now lists Green as “probable” for tomorrow night’s game against the Magic. Good news for the Bulls who will hope to start a win-streak heading into a couple of more winnable games this week.



Author: Elias Schuster

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