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Breaking: Zach LaVine Is Expected To Miss Game 5

Zach LaVine looks on for the Bulls.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during a NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Chicago Bulls. On Tuesday afternoon, the team announced that star guard Zach LaVine has entered health and safety protocols.

According to

Zach LaVine is expected to miss Wednesday's Game 5 vs. Bucks in COVID-19 protocols, sources said.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 26, 2022

">Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the expectation is that LaVine will miss Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Considering the Bucks currently hold a 3-1 series lead, this LaVine news is a crushing blow to the Bulls. They'll most likely have to compete in a do-or-die game without one of their best players. LaVine is averaging 19.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game this postseason.

The past two games for the Bulls have been disappointing to say the least. They lost their two home games against the Bucks by a combined 54 points.

If the Bulls want to extend the series and force a Game 6, they'll need DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso and Nikola Vucevic to step up in Game 5.

The Bucks and Bulls will tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.