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Alex Caruso In Concussion Protocol: NBA World Reacts

Bulls guard Alex Caruso

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 22: Alex Caruso #6 of the Chicago Bulls reacts to an officials call during the second quarter of Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center on April 22, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Chicago Bulls might be without a key member of their rotation in Game 5 vs. the Bucks. Alex Caruso has officially entered concussion protocol.

Caruso left Sunday's Game 4 after being on the receiving end of an inadvertent hit to the face. He exited the court with a bloody nose and eventually went to the locker room. He didn't return to the game.

Facing playoff elimination this Wednesday night, the Bulls might not have one of their toughest players on the court.

"I think there was enough there that they had some concerns that it was [a concussion]," Donovan said after the game, via ESPN.com. "To the level, I'm not really sure. He'll obviously go through all the normal protocols and questioning and things they normally go through."

This is obviously a significant setback for the Bulls. Caruso does the little things that help good teams become great. Without him, Chicago will lack in overall toughness.

"This sucks, but I'm happy for AC's career because people are starting to [realize] how much value he bring to the team," one fan tweeted. "I think The Lakers didn't make it to the playoffs because they let him go."

"Rest him and get him healthy for next year, we aren’t winning either way," a fan commented.

The Bulls battle the Bucks in Game 5 this Wednesday night. Chicago's season is on the line.