Bulls' Zach LaVine enters health and safety protocols, could miss Game 5 vs. Bucks

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The Chicago Bulls are facing elimination on Wednesday, and they may have to do it without one of their biggest stars.

The Bulls announced on Tuesday that Zach LaVine has entered health and safety protocols.

It's not known why LaVine has entered the protocols, but that's typically the designation that comes from a positive COVID-19 test.

While the Bulls didn't announce whether LaVine would miss Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that LaVine is expected to miss it due to his entering the protocols.

This is far from ideal for the Bulls. They're down 3-1 to the punishing Bucks, who have manhandled and neutralized LaVine and DeMar DeRozan. Despite that, they need LaVine in the lineup since they've gotten such little help from their bench. LaVine even admitted after Sunday's 119-95 loss that the Bulls need a full complement productive players to make a dent in the Bucks' series lead.

“One guy isn’t going to beat them,” LaVine said via the Chicago Tribune. “They were crowding the paint, and once I break that first line of defense, they were sending guys into the lane and not letting me and DeMar try to beat them.”

The Bulls will play Game 5 — possibly without LaVine — on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 24: Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) and Milwaukee Bucks guard Jevon Carter (5) in action during Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs between the Milwaukee  Bucks and the Chicago Bulls on April 24, 2022 at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Zach LaVine of the Bulls has entered the health and safety protocols and might miss Game 5 against the Bucks on Wednesday. (Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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