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Bulls’ Otto Porter Jr. out vs. Rockets with left foot sprain, no timetable to return

Bulls, Otto Porter Jr

The Chicago Bulls will be without starting small forward Otto Porter Jr. on Saturday when they host James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets.

Porter has a left foot sprain, an injury which forced him to exit the Bulls’ previous game against the Atlanta Hawks. Chicago head coach Jim Boylen says there is no timetable for Porter’s return to the lineup:

In nine games this season for the Bulls, Porter is averaging 11.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists. The swingman is shooting 41.7 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from beyond the arc and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line.

After defeating the Hawks, the Bulls improved to 3-6 on the season. Chicago will start Chandler Hutchison at the small forward spot against the Rockets.

Porter has gotten off to a slow start this season. In the 15 games he played for the Bulls last year, Porter put up 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and 48.8 percent from the 3-point line. Chicago acquired Porter from the Washington Wizards in the Bobby Portis-Jabari Parker trade.

It’s a long season, so there’s no need to rush Porter back until he’s close to 100 percent. Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen will just have to shoulder more of the offensive load sans Porter.