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Goran Dragic is Officially Out Versus Bucks

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The Chicago Bulls will be without a key reserve tonight.

According to the team, Goran Dragic will officially miss tonight’s matchup with Milwaukee due to a left cervical stinger. The veteran point guard left Monday night’s game with the injury but eventually returned for another short stint.

For our original post on Dragic’s downgraded status to “questionable” continue reading below …

Goran Dragic could be on the verge of missing his first game of the season.

The Chicago Bulls’ recent free-agent signing collided with Boston’s Sam Hauser during the 1st quarter of Monday’s game. He promptly left the contest and headed to the locker room grabbing at his shoulder.

Dragic was able to eventually return to the game, but he only clocked a few more minutes of action before finishing the night with 0 points and just 1 assist. The team now lists Dragic as “questionable” with a “left cervical stinger” after previously having him head into today as “probable.”

All things considered, Dragic has quickly proven to play a far more important role for the Bulls than initially expected. He’s been one of the key reasons the team’s second unit has looked like one of the best in the NBA, and he’s also been one of the better 3-point shooters on this roster (albeit at a relatively low volume) with a 44.4 percent clip to start the year.

The Bulls might have the depth to be able to plug Dragic’s rotation spot relatively easily, but the savvy will be hard to replace. A big reason the team inked the veteran to a contract was to help in games like tonight against championship-caliber teams. Not having him to help set up his teammates and dictate the pace of play could prove a bigger deal than meets the eye.

If Dragic doesn’t suit up, expect even more minutes for both Alex Caruso and Coby White. The door might also open for someone like rookie Dalen Terry to eat some minutes.

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Author: Elias Schuster

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