Saturday, January 14, 2023

Bulls star Zach LaVine causes a stir with curious postgame comments

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The Chicago Bulls (19-24) had it bad enough in front of the crowd at the United Center when they lost 124-110 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s their second straight loss and fourth in seven games with a three-game win streak in the middle.

Things seemed bleak enough with the added concern of DeMar DeRozan’s strained quad that knocked him out for the second game in a row.

Now, after losing to OKC, Zach LaVine has caused a stir with his comments.

LaVine finished the night with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists, but he struggled with a 26.3% overall efficiency and an 8-1 win from beyond the arc. It was his fifth straight game with at least 25 points, but what he told reporters in the dressing room after the game suggests he may have had more than a nice point average in that stretch.

“At the very end of the post-game interview, Zach LaVine replied, ‘You drive the ball when you can’t shoot, that’s what happens when you tear a ligament,'” Westerlund’s Cody tweeted 670 The score. “LaVine played after being ruled likely with a right-hand contusion. He has no torn ligaments, the team confirmed.”

KC Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago pointed out that LaVine, who entered the night, was listed as “likely” on the list Bulls injury report with a bruised hand, played without any protection. He added that the security guard said the injury was sore, but it was just “regular basketball stuff.”

Johnson also noted that LaVine played through a torn thumb ligament in the early half of last season, which he said affected his performance.

The two-time All-Star also struggled with a knee injury in the second half of the season.

This necessitated off-season surgery and deprived LaVine of his normal routine, negatively impacting his start to the season where he couldn’t manage drives and his three-point shooting wasn’t as consistent. He said he didn’t really start to feel like himself until late November.

He went into the night averaging 30.2 points with 66.8% true shooting and hitting 46.8% of his three-pointers in six competitions in January.

“LaVine made that comment at the very end in response to a question about 15 free-throw attempts,” Westerlund said Continued in a separate tweet. “The interview already collapsed and ended. From all indications so far, it was more of a casual remark.”

The evening started with an encouraging development on the injury front. Starting point guard Lonzo Ball has posted several videos of himself training at the team’s facilities, including one where he shows up for a dunk.

It’s a definite improvement since media day, when he said he couldn’t walk up stairs, and even for a couple of weeks, when he was confined to stationary admissions.

There is still a long way to go, but this is an encouraging sign nonetheless.

It’s also unlikely to be the redemption the Bulls were hoping for earlier in the season and they tried to tread water until ball returned, which they were hoping for sometime after the New Year, albeit on a more optimistic note View. The reality is that the chance of Ball returning this season was already slim and is getting smaller with every loss.

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