Zach LaVine: Chicago Bulls guard not expected to miss ‘significant time’ with knee injury

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine is not expected to miss significant time after an MRI revealed no significant structural damage to his left knee, the team announced Saturday.

The Bulls said LaVine will be reassessed early next week to determine a more definite timetable for his return.

LaVine injured his knee during the first quarter of Chicago’s 138-96 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday. He took himself out of the game and immediately walked toward the Bulls’ locker room with a team trainer.

The 26-year-old took to social media shortly after the Bulls announcement to post a praying emoji.

LaVine is averaging 24.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 38 games this season.

He is averaging 19.6 points, 3.9 boards and 3.8 assists in 449 career games (362 starts) with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Bulls. He was selected by the Timberwolves with the 13th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

The Bulls go into Saturday night’s clash with the Boston Celtics top of the Eastern Conference, with a 27-13 record. LaVine also appears set to miss Monday’s MLK Day trip to face the Memphis Grizzlies.

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