Bulls guard Zach LaVine has missed the first two games with a lingering left knee issue, but is expected to play in Saturday’s home game vs. the Cavaliers.
LaVine recently said he wanted to be completely comfortable before making his debut. He was not listed on the Bulls’ official injury report ahead of the game.
“I think that’s been the main thing, not having any aches and pains and being able to go out there and really play without any limitations in my own mind,” he said, via Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times. “Like, ‘OK, I can’t go left.’ Or, ‘I might not be able to dunk on this play.’ You’re not supposed to be thinking that way when you play basketball. I dealt with that a lot last year.”
Bulls coach Billy Donovan said LaVine will not be under any sort of minutes restriction.
“He feels fine,” Donovan said, via Julia Poe of the Chicago Tribune. “He was able to get work in and told me he felt good. Obviously yesterday (Thursday) was a very, very light day. He had player development guys out there guarding him, he was coming off screens, working on his ballhandling, using pick-and-rolls. He was doing his normal things. He needed a crisp workout and he was able to do that.”
Meanwhile, Bulls guard/forward DeMar DeRozan has been on a tear through the first two games, averaging 34.5 points and shooting 56 percent from the field.