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Bulls coach Jim Boylen won’t put a timeline on Otto Porter Jr.’s shoulder injury

Otto Porter Jr., Jim Boylen, Bulls

Chicago Bulls swingman Otto Porter Jr. was already listed as out for Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards, and head coach Jim Boylen remained noncommittal on a timeline for his return, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Porter will miss the matchup against his former team with a strained shoulder. He underwent an MRI earlier Wednesday and was “very sore,” according to Boylen, making this a likely extended absence for the versatile swingman.

His teammate Zach LaVine, however, is probable for the game after going through shootaround this morning. LaVine is dealing with a thigh contusion.

Porter has been a breath of fresh air upon coming to the Bulls, averaging a career-high 17.5 points in his 15 games with his new team. The versatile wing has brought massive efficiency in his brief time under Boylen, shooting a studly 48.8 percent from the field, 48.8 percent from deep and a pristine 90.6 percent clip from the foul line.

A former No. 3 overall pick in 2013, the 6-foot-8 small forward has lived up to the Bulls’ expectations upon landing in The Windy City, being the knockdown shooter the team sought to pair with LaVine and young star Lauri Markkanen as potential building blocks for the franchise.

At this point of the season, with only 10 games left, it makes little sense for the Bulls to rush him back into action, hence Boylen’s rather conservative approach to this recent injury.