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Bulls Announce Injury Diagnosis For Alex Caruso

Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso on the court.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 22: Alex Caruso #6 of the Chicago Bulls is seen during warm-ups before a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the United Center on October 22, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After suffering an inadvertent hit to the face in the first half of Game 4, the Chicago Bulls announced Monday that guard Alex Caruso is in the NBA's concussion protocol.

The team tweeted the update via their official handle.

"Alex Caruso is currently in the concussion protocol, per Coach Billy Donovan," the Bulls tweeted. Adding, "His availability for Game 5 is up in the air."

Caruso sustained the concussion blow to the nose area, which he immediately grabbed at as he fell to the floor near the team's bench. The former Laker was down for a bit, and was even bleeding a bit before heading back to the locker room. He wouldn't return for the rest of the game. The 28-year-old has been a welcome addition to the Bulls lineup this season. Doing things that don't necessarily show up in the boxscore, but help put W's in the win column.

On the year, Caruso averaged 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, four assists and nearly two steals per game. He's started all four playoff games for the Bulls this postseason, serving as an energetic defender, leader and playmaker.

Down 3-1, Chicago is on the verge of elimination if they can't pull out a Wednesday win against the Khris Middleton-less Bucks.