Bulls star Zach LaVine plans to play through troublesome thumb injury
The Chicago Bulls are off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1996 and Zach LaVine isn’t trying to disrupt the flow. The guard is reportedly dealing with a torn ligament in his non-shooting hand thumb but won’t let it stop him from being there for his team. Via Shams Charania:
Bulls All-Star Zach LaVine has a small ligament tear in the thumb of his non-shooting hand but intends to play through the injury, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. It’s a matter of pain tolerance and LaVine wants to play as Chicago starts the season 4-0.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 27, 2021
It’s important to note that if it was on his dominant shooting hand, the Bulls star would likely have to let it heal. But, other than passing the rock, it shouldn’t be affected too much. LaVine is off to a solid start for a new-look Chicago squad, averaging 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per night. He’s also shooting an impressive 44% from three-point land.
Although the Bulls added the likes of Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan, and Alex Caruso, LaVine is arguably their most important player. He is coming off a career year in 2020/21 where he made his first All-Star team. The former UCLA standout certainly looks poised for another big campaign given his productivity through the first handful of contests.
There is obviously a lot of small ligaments in your hand, but hopefully, this one heals up relatively quickly. The Bulls are back in action on Thursday against the New York Knicks as they search for their fifth consecutive win. Chicago last played on Monday, so LaVine will have had a few days of rest.