Bulls’ Zach LaVine downplays ankle injury, says he can play through it
While other players have been taking some time off to load management, the 24-year-old high-flyer is willing to play through pain just so he can stay on the floor for the Bulls.
LaVine tweaked his ankle in the Bulls’ 120-102 win against the New York Knicks at the United Center on Tuesday but soldiered on and managed to finish the match.
He downplayed the incident and shared his thoughts about it postgame, per Bulls Insider K.C. Johnson.
“It hurt. But if I’m unable to play, you guys would know it. It obviously wasn’t that bad. I already iced it. It’s a turned ankle. I can play through it,” he said.
Coby White led the Bulls with 27 points built on seven triples in the fourth quarter, while LaVine wasn’t far behind as he pitched in 25 markers to go with five assists and two rebounds.
After recovering from an ACL tear on his left knee that sidelined him for most of the 2017-18 NBA season, Lavine has dealt with ankle issues in his first full season as a Bull last year.
The UCLA alum revealed that he even turned down a Team USA invite for the World Cup over the summer, as he was rehabbing an ankle injury.
LaVine has scored 20 or more points in six of Chicago’s 11 games this season. He is averaging 20.0 points while shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 36.1 from deep.