Zach LaVine Enters Health and Safety Protocols Ahead of Game 5

The basketball gods officially hate the Chicago Bulls.

According to Bulls PR, Zach LaVine has entered the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols with Game 5 a little over 24 hours away. The Bulls are down 3-1 to the Bucks, meaning a loss at the Fiserv Forum tomorrow night will officially end their season.

LaVine is now expected to miss tomorrow’s contest alongside defensive stopper Alex Caruso, who suffered a concussion in Game 4 due to an inadvertent elbow from Bucks’ guard Jevon Carter.

This now marks LaVine’s third time entering protocols while with the Bulls. The organization also had two assistant coaches in Maurice Cheeks and Damian Cotter away from the team at the start of the series due to positive tests.

With two-straight blowouts at the United Center, it already felt like an uphill battle for the Bulls to steal another game in this series. Take away LaVine – who arguably played the team’s best game with 24 points and 13 assists in Game 4 – and the road to a Game 5 win only becomes that much steeper.

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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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