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Bulls star Zach LaVine (thigh) to play vs. Wizards

Zach LaVine, Bulls

Despite dealing with a right thigh contusion, Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine will play on Wednesday at home against the Washington Wizards.

LaVine was listed as questionable on Tuesday, but head coach Jim Boylen decided to give him the green light.

Zach LaVine leads the Bulls in scoring this season. The high-flyer is averaging 23.7 points per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 83.2 percent from the free-throw line.

LaVine, 24, says he’s going to play the rest of the season if he’s healthy. Some Bulls fans want the team to shut LaVine down so he doesn’t get hurt going into the offseason.

The Bulls signed LaVine to a four-year, $78 million deal last summer.

Chicago enters Wednesday with a record of 20-52. They are in the 13th spot in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bulls are coming off a 116-101 win over the lowly Phoenix Suns. LaVine played 32 minutes and finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while shooting 5-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-4 from the 3-point line.

Wednesday will be the second time the Wizards and Bulls face off since the Otto Porter Jr. trade. Chicago acquired Porter and sent Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis to Washington. The Wizards won on Feb. 9 at the United Center. Parker put up 20 points, while Portis had 10.