DeMar DeRozan has a Thigh Strain, Will Not Travel to Indiana

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DeMar DeRozan has a Thigh Strain, Not Expected to Travel to Indiana

Chicago Bulls

DeMar DeRozan underwent an MRI on Tuesday that revealed a Grade 1 thigh strain, per head coach Billy Donovan.

The injury isn’t currently suspected to be too severe, but DeRozan was honest about the fact that he’s been dealing with pain for quite some time. In fact, the All-Star told reporters after he checked himself out of last night’s game that he’s been playing on the injury for the last month and a half.

We’ve recently seen his numbers dip rather dramatically over his past four games. DeRozan is averaging just 17.0 points during that stretch on and a 45.0 percent clip from the field, which is far below his season average of 50.7 percent. When asked about his offensive struggles, he didn’t deny that this injury was limiting his usual burst.

DeRozan reportedly isn’t expected to travel to Indianapolis for Wednesday night’s game as of now. However, the Bulls didn’t rule out the possibility of him suiting up for a TNT matchup against the Bucks on Thursday, which I suspect means that DeRozan is still hoping to compete in the All-Star game this weekend.

If one thing is for sure, this just feels like yet another dagger to an already deflated Bulls team. Chicago has been one of the worst offensive basketball teams in the NBA since they decided to sit out of the trade deadline. While perhaps DeRozan’s absence could light a spark under this team to step up, my guess is it only hurts them on that end of the floor more.

Like I asked this morning … how soon is the offseason again?

Author: Elias Schuster

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