Bulls’ Bobby Portis out 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain

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Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was giving Bobby Portis a real chance. He had started all four games for the Bulls this season and has averaged 10.5 points and 10 rebounds a night, although his efficiency has slipped. Still, he’s getting his chance…

Or he was. Portis will be out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee, the team announced.

Mark Strotman of NBC Sports Chicago recounts how it happened.

Portis was running back in transition late Wednesday night in the Bulls’ win over the Hornets when he planted on his right knee and went tumbling into the stands. He laid on the ground for an extended amount of time, and though he walked off under his own power was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

The Bulls are already without Lauri Markkanen (elbow strain) and Kris Dunn (left knee MCL sprain).

No Portis likely means Jabari Parker returns to the starting lineup (he started much of the preseason, until Hoiberg benched him and Robin Lopez in favor of Portis and Wendel Carter Jr). That’s bad news for the Bulls already shaky defense, Portis is the superior defender.