CHICAGO (CBS) — The NBA Eastern Conference-leading Bulls were already set to be tested with a five-game road trip starting Friday in the leading Golden State.
Now they will have to start it without starting center Nikola Vucevic as he has tested positive for COVID-19.
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Vuc is off for 10 days, or until he has two negative tests in a 24 hour period.
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Already underperforming Patrick Williams’ forward following injury, the Bulls will need more from everyone, especially backup center Tony Bradley, who will replace Vucevic as starter.
Even after a hot start, this team knows it has plenty to prove, especially as heirs to Michael Jordan and the Bulls of the 1990s.
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“We’re just finding ways to win, and I think that’s the sign of a good team. But I think we have a lot of ways to get better. I think that’s probably the most encouraging thing for me,” said freshman Bulls guard Alex Caruso. “Eleven games into the season, I don’t think you can say anyone is back, especially because of the prestige of the Bulls. They won three championships twice in a row. Being back, you know, that’s a big statement.”