Jabari Parker questionable vs. Hornets due to illness
The Chicago Bulls are scheduled to face the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night, but it sounds like they’ll be doing so without the services of Jabari Parker, who’s dealing with an upper respiratory infection.
According to a report from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Parker is now listed as questionable after missing Wednesday morning’s practice due to the ailment.
Jabari Parker is questionable. Missed shootaround with upper respiratory infection.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 24, 2018
If Jabari Parker is indeed unable to play in Wednesday night’s game, Bobby Portis and Wendell Carter Jr. will likely see their usage rates increase.
Parker, now 23 years of age, has made three appearances with the Bulls this season, racking up averages of 16.0 points on 46.5 percent shooting from the field (50.0 percent from beyond the arc), 4.7 rebounds, and 1.0 assist in 24.3 minutes per outing.
The Bulls are already without several key players, including Lauri Markkanen, who was sidelined at the end of September for six to eight weeks with an elbow injury. Denzel Valentine hurt his left ankle in late September and could be out for two more weeks, according to head coach Fred Hoiberg. Starting point guard Kriss Dunn is expected to miss four to six weeks with a left MCL sprain.
“We obviously missed Kris in our first two games,” Hoiberg recently told ESPN. “Now to have him out of the lineup for an extended period, it’s extremely difficult. When you have a guy who really made strides over the course of last season and the summer, he had played the way he played during training camp, it’s difficult.
“Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. It’s next man up, ready to go. It gives guys (a) great opportunity to show what they can do.”
Wednesday night’s Bulls-Hornets game is set to tip inside the United Center at 8:00 p.m. EST.