Chicago Bulls Injury Report: Bad News for Team Amidst Unbeaten NBA Run

Published 10/25/2021, 12:27 PM EDT
Mar 31, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan (center, seated) talks to players during a timeout in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Following a hectic start to the new season, minnows Chicago Bulls began in brilliant style. The side has romped to a 3-0 run, and are undefeated in the process. They have beaten the Pistons and Pelicans, and will face the Toronto Raptors on Monday. However, Billy Donovan will most likely be without one of his main men in the encounter. According to reports, Montenegrin Nikola Vucevic may miss the game.

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Vucevic was brilliant in Chicago’s third match, and is a main stay. Barely giving their opposition a sniff, the Bulls pretty much buried the game in three quarters. In the final 12, Detroit managed to rack up some crucial confidence-boosting points, but in vain. Along with DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball, Vucevic starred for the men in red and white. Thus, his absence will be a huge loss for the side, who currently sit on top of the Eastern Conference standings.

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Nikola Vucevic likely to miss Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors

In the three regular season games thus far, the 31-year-old has notched a tally of 40 points. Vucevic plays as a center, and is a starter for Chicago. Even against Detroit, he made valuable contributions on the offensive as well as defensive ends. In addition, the powerhouse elbowed young Luka Garza and sent him to the floor, leaving him potentially injured. Ironically enough, Vucevic himself in all likelihood will be on the bench in Chicago’s fourth game of the season.

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According to reports, the Bulls have declared Nikola Vucevic as ‘questionable’ against the Raptors. The experienced campaigner is ill, and is unlikely to start. This is a massive blow for the side in a big game. The Raptors have a potent squad, including the likes of OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet. In Nikola’s absence, the likes of Alize Johnson and others may get more game time.

Mar 31, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) shoots against the Phoenix Suns during the second half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

How big will Nikola Vucevic’s absence be for the Chicago Bulls? Can they overcome the Toronto challenge and uphold their unbeaten run? Or will it come crashing down in the blink of an eye. We will find out soon.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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