An 8-3 record has the Chicago Bulls tied for first place in the Eastern Conference to start the 2021-22 NBA season. Unfortunately, the Bulls now must figure out how to navigate life without Nikola Vucevic for the foreseeable future.
The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Thursday that Vucevic has been placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols after testing positive for COVID-19. Chicago has also been reported as being one of the fully vaccinated teams.
Nikola Vucevic Injury Update
Since Vucevic tested positive for COVID, one of two things must happen before he plays again. He either has to stay sidelined for 10 days or he can play sooner if he produces two negative tests in a 24-hour period.
Despite the Bulls' early success, it's been a quiet offensive year for Vucevic. The two-time NBA All-Star is averaging a career-low .395 field goal percentage. Meanwhile, his .267 3-point percentage and 13.6 points per game are his worst over the last five years.
Still, he's contributed in other ways. Vucevic leads all Bulls players in rebounds (10.9) and is second in assists (4.3). His seven double-doubles are also tied for sixth-best this season, so it's clear that his presence will be missed whether he's out for a few days or closer to two weeks.
The Bulls currently have +3200 odds to win the 2021-22 NBA Finals, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Those odds rank them 11th-best across the league.
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