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Bulls Lose Zach LaVine For Game 5: NBA World Reacts

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine dribbling at half court.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MARCH 16: Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls brings the ball up the court against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the United Center on March 16, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Thunder 123-102. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

With Zach LaVine now out, the Chicago Bulls are going to be at considerably less than full strength in Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow night.

LaVine was put into league COVID-19 protocols on Tuesday, according to NBA insider Shams Charania. Chicago is already without Lonzo Ball (knee) and could be missing Alex Caruso (concussion protocol) as well on Wednesday.

That's a less than ideal situation to be in down three games to one against the defending champions. To make matters worse, Game 5 is in Milwaukee, and the Bucks just won a pair of games in Chicago by a combined total of 54 points.

No wonder the NBA world isn't giving the Bulls much of a chance of staving off elimination tomorow.

LaVine is averaging 19.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game this postseason. He averaged 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per outing in the regular season, earning his second-straight All-Star Game appearance.

Without LaVine, the Bulls will have to hope DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic can carry the load and pull off the upset on Wednesday.