Chicago Bulls: Breaking down injuries to Zach LaVine and Bobby Portis

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2. Bulls will struggle even more with LaVine sidelined

Having produced only eight wins through their first 33 games, it is fair to say that the Bulls have had their fair share of struggles this season.

One of the bright spots for Chicago during what has proven to be a dismal 2018-19 campaign has been the play of Zach LaVine — who they acquired as part of the Jimmy Butler trade back in the summer of 2017.

Out of the group of players acquired in that trade, LaVine had the biggest question mark due to a torn ACL injury that kept him away from the court for nearly a year.

That, and the fact he played just 24 games last season, left Bulls fans wondering if he would be able to live up to the hefty multi-year contract he signed during the offseason.

Fortunately, LaVine has been playing well, to say the least. In 28 appearances, LaVine’s averages include 23.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists — all of which are career highs.

What makes those numbers even more impressive is the fact that opposing teams keyed in on LaVine, knowing he was the team’s only surefire scoring option with Markkanen and Dunn both nursing injuries.

And while the Bulls weren’t exactly an offensive juggernaut with LaVine in the lineup (101.4 points per contest), it is safe to presume that points will be a little more difficult to come by, as the team has averaged just 94.4 points per outing in the four games he’s been out of the lineup.