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The Bulls' hopes of extending their season just took a serious hit.
Ahead of Wednesday's Game 5 of a first-round series with the Bucks, All-Star guard Zach LaVine was place Karl-Anthony Towns d in COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Here is what we know about LaVine's status moving forward.
Will Zach LaVine play in Game 5 vs. the Bucks?
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, LaVine is expected to miss Game 5 as a result.
LaVine, who is a two-time All- NBA Pet GearStar in his eighth NBA season, made his NBA Playoff debut in 2022. Through the first four games of the series, he posted averages of 19.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.3 rebounds per contest.
After stealing Game 2 on the road, the Bucks earned two dominant wins over the Bulls in Games 2 and 3. The Bulls, who face a 3-1 series deficit, will look to stave off elimination without LaVine.
During the regular season, LaVine was placed in the league's health and safety protocols from Dec. 12 to Dec. 23.
Who will play in Zach LaVine's absence?
With LaVine in health and safety Kevin Love protocols and Alex Car NBA iPhone Accessoriesuso in concussion protocols, the Bulls could elect to go with a starting backcourt of rookie Ayo Dosunmu and third-year guard Coby White.
Both Dosunmu and White have averaged fewer than 17 minutes o warriors jersey t3 f playing time so far in this series, but White has provided a bit more of an offensive punch, averaging 6.3 points per game to Dosunmu's 3.0.
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A potential Game 6 in this series would come on Friday, April 29 in Chicago.