Lauri Markkanen missed the first 23 games of the NBA season with a sprained left elbow. He’s back, but now Zach LaVine is out a couple more weeks with a left ankle sprain he suffered Dec. 13 against Orlando down in Mexico City.
And now this — Bobby Portis is going to miss 2-4 with a sprained ankle he got in the loss to Brooklyn Wednesday night.
Portis played four games to start the season then sprained his knee and missed time. He came back just five games before turning his ankle in the final minutes against Brooklyn.
Portis is averaging 11.9 points per game this season and playing solidly, despite struggling with his three ball (25 percent). He’s also a leader in the young locker room, part of the team’s “leadership committee” that talks to coach Jim Boylen about issues.
The Bulls were not going to be good this season, but it’s tough to evaluate players and see how they fit together when they can’t even get on the court together.