The Chicago Bulls are looking to get back to the playoffs in a rocky season. An opportunity for an easy road win awaits them as they prepare to take on a battered Portland Trail Blazers squad. Ahead of an important game for the 10th-seeded Bulls, there is a very important question at hand: Is DeMar DeRozan playing tonight vs. the Blazers?
DeMar DeRozan injury status for Bulls vs. Trail Blazers
DeRozan was listed as questionable with a right quad strain he suffered on Wednesday in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, exiting the blowout loss in the third quarter. Zach LaVine gave a promising update on his status going forward, but DeRozan will not play in Friday night's game, per K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.
DeRozan is averaging 25.1 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 50.9 percent from the field for the Bulls. The team has performed much better since Patrick Beverley's arrival, but they still have work to do in order to secure a play-in spot.
Lonzo Ball is, of course, still out for the Bulls, as is Justin Lewis. Alex Caruso is also listed as questionable and Javonte Green is listed as probable. For the Trail Blazers, they have a laundry list of injuries, so being safe and sitting DeRozan isn't a bad idea. Jerami Grant and Anfernee Simons are already out, and it looks like both Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic could miss this game as well. Portland has fallen out of the West play-in race and seems to be on the verge of focusing on a better draft pick.
But when it comes to DeMar DeRozan, the question has been answer on if he's playing tonight vs. the Blazers, and it's no.