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Report: There’s internal concern that Bulls’ Wendell Carter Jr. has a significant thumb injury

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Chicago Bulls rookie big man Wendell Carter Jr. underwent an MRI on Wednesday, according to head coach Jim Boylen.

Carter hurt his left thumb on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center and woke up with tenderness in his left knee on Wednesday. Carter had six points and 10 rebounds in LA.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting there is internal concern in Chicago that Carter’s thumb injury is serious:

The Bulls have been a walking disaster this season, but Wendell Carter Jr. has been one bright spot for the club. The 19-year-old is averaging 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per game through 44 games while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 79.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Chicago has been riddled with injuries this season. Point guard Kris Dunn, power forward Bobby Portis, small forward Lauri Markkanen and shooting guard Zach LaVine have all missed extended time with injuries. Losing Carter for any time would be sad considering he’s one of the key rebuild pieces moving forward.

The Bulls are 10-34, 14th place in the Eastern Conference standings. The team is currently on an eight-game losing streak. Chicago hasn’t won a game since Dec. 28 when it defeated the Washington Wizards in the nation’s capital.