Bulls' Dunn out with MCL sprain; backups to vie for job

Ruben Hill
October 24, 2018

The Bulls will now have to turn to other point guards on the roster - and could still potentially sign a free agent.

A day after making his season debut, Dunn has been ruled out four to six weeks with a moderate MCL sprain, the team announced Tuesday.

Dunn had missed the Bulls' first two games because of the birth of his child.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he didn't yet know who would start for Dunn, since he had just learned about the injury. He ended up logging 30 minutes in the game, finishing with 9 points and 7 assists. He was evaluated at halftime and checked out well enough to finish the game, but a postgame evaluation led to the Bulls seeking an MRI on the injury today, writes K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

"It's tough", he said. Now to have him out of the lineup for an extended period, it's extremely hard. That's why you should expect to see Harrison take on a significant role in the upcoming games, since he's the only point guard now available on the roster that has the physical skills to replicate in some fashion what Dunn brings on the defensive end. Same obviously goes with Lauri with the summer he had. It's next man up, ready to go. Ryan Arcidiacono has also received minutes, and newly signed point guard Shaq Harrison "most likely" will pick up playing time with Dunn now out, Hoiberg said.

From my perspective, the Bulls' best option might be not going with a point guard at all in the starting lineup.

Dunn averaged 13.4 points and 6.0 assists in 52 games in 2017-'18, when he missed significant time with a dislocated finger and a concussion. After dropping games to the Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks, the Bulls are 0-3.

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