Bulls, needing a win, rule out LaVine, Carusoon April 27, 2022 at 3:37 pm

Needing a win to keep their season alive, the Chicago Bulls have ruled out guards Zach LaVine and Alex Caruso for Wednesday’s Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

LaVine will not play after entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols Tuesday. Bulls coach Billy Donovan had said LaVine was not feeling great Tuesday morning, and the two-time All-Star did not travel with the team to Milwaukee later that day.

Caruso entered the concussion protocol after he took an inadvertent hit to the face from the Bucks’ Jevon Carter while trying to get around a pick by Giannis Antetokounmpo late in the second quarter of Sunday’s Game 4.

Milwaukee holds a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. LaVine is averaging 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the series, while Caruso, arguably Chicago’s best defender, has chipped in 6.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists against the Bucks.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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