Losers in seven of their last eight games, the Chicago Bulls could use a pick-me-up on the road in Boston tonight. It won't come easy, however, as the Celtics have surged to a 13-4 record and first place in the Eastern Conference, once again having the makings of a true title contender. Even more concerning, perhaps, is that Chicago might have to manage without their All-Star shooting guard tonight.
Since missing a road game against the Thunder on November 22, there's been concern surrounding Zach LaVine's willingness to suit up and risk aggravating an apparent foot injury. LaVine enters tonight's contest against the Celtics with a questionable tag for the third consecutive game. He's managed to play through the pain thus far, but we'll await further updates from the Bulls ahead of tip-off tonight.
Zach LaVine's status for tonight's game vs. Celtics
LaVine has been listed as questionable for tonight's game in Boston due to right foot soreness. After getting off to a slow start to the season, LaVine has ramped up significantly, as seen during his 36-point effort in a recent loss to the Raptors. Zach has only missed one game due to this foot soreness all season, so hopefully he'll be good to go again tonight.
If he's listed out, the Bulls are likely to bump up either Patrick Williams or Torrey Craig back into the starting lineup. After how well Williams played against Brooklyn — scoring 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field — I suspect he's the most likely candidate to receive a bump up.
Projected Bulls starting lineup
- PG: Coby White
- SG: Zach LaVine
- SF: DeMar DeRozan
- PF: Alex Caruso
- C: Nikola Vucevic
Projected Celtics starting lineup
- PG: Jrue Holiday
- SG: Derrick White
- SF: Jaylen Brown
- PF: Jayson Tatum
- C: Al Horford
Full Bulls vs. Celtics injury report
Zach LaVine (foot) and Alex Caruso (toe) are questionable and Lonzo Ball (knee) is listed out for the Bulls. Derrick White (illness) is probable, Jrue Holiday (ankle) is questionable, and Kristaps Porzingis (calf) is listed out for the Celtics.
Bulls' upcoming schedule
Things won't be getting any easier for Chicago any time soon, as their upcoming schedule looks as daunting as ever. Here's a look at the next five games coming up on the calendar. Expect a pair of In-Season Tournament games to be added in early December once group stage play has concluded.
- November 30 vs. Milwaukee Bucks
- December 2 vs. New Orleans Pelicans
- December 11 @ Milwaukee Bucks
- December 12 vs. Denver Nuggets
- December 14 @ Miami Heat