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Bulls coach Jim Boylen comments on timetable for Zach LaVine’s return

Jim Boylen, Zach LaVine

The Chicago Bulls won’t even come close to sniffing playoff contention this season, which had led the once heralded franchise to head into full-on “tank” mode at this point. However, it appears as though Bulls guard Zach LaVine will indeed play again this season, with Chicago head coach Jim Boylen commenting on the up-and-comer’s status.

LaVine is currently battling yet another knee injury, though it does not appear to be a season-ending setback at this time.

“I’m not eyeing a return date but I’m optimistic,” Boylen recently said, via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. “He was bright-eyed today. His eyes looked better, like he had more confidence in things getting better. Our training and medical staff is optimistic. He wants to play. He was in a nice groove, nice rhythm.”

Of course, LaVine infamously tore his ACL during his time as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves back in 2016-17, a season that saw him appear in just 47 regular season games due to injury.

He also missed some time earlier in the season this time around as well while encountering a nagging ankle injury.

“Zach had a MRI yesterday and confirmed a patellar tendon strain,” Boylen told reporters on Tuesday, via the team’s official website. “He is day-to-day and will be out tonight versus the Lakers.”

Entering play on Tuesday evening, the Bulls will be sporting a disappointing 19-49 record this season.

As a result, Chicago has strung together the third-worst record in the entire Eastern Conference with only a few weeks left in the regular season.