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Zach LaVine could miss first game of season vs. Sixers

Bulls, Zach LaVine

Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine could miss his first game of the season on Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Bulls are listing LaVine as questionable:

In 53 games this season for the Bulls, LaVine is averaging a team-high 24.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He’s shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free-throw line.

LaVine is sick of losing and the fact that he has never been to the playoffs in his career adds more to the frustration. The Bulls are only 19-34 on the season and in 10th place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference standings. However, they are just 3.5 games back of the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

LaVine is making $19,500,000 this season. He signed a four-year, $78 million offer sheet with the Sacramento Kings in 2018, which the Bulls quickly matched. They clearly view him as a franchise cornerstone, even as the first three years of their post-Jimmy Butler rebuild haven’t gone as planned.

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