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Nikola Vucevic of Bulls enters COVID-19 health and safety protocols, expected to miss at least 10 days

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Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic is included in NBA health and safety protocols, as first reported by NBC Sports’ KC Johnson on Thursday. Vucevic is expected to miss at least 10 days. The Bulls have officially listed him as eliminated from Friday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

NBC Sports Chicago reported recently that every player on the Bulls’ roster has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. When a player tests positive for COVID-19, he cannot return until 10 days have passed or he tests negative on two PCR tests 24 hours apart.

After visiting the Warriors, Chicago’s road trip continues with games against the Clippers, Lakers, Trail Blazers and Nuggets. They return home to play back-to-back against the New York Knicks on November 21 and the Indiana Pacers on November 22.

Vucevic has never been more efficient as a shooter than he has to start this season, but otherwise he has played well in 11 games. The Bulls’ starting grid, consisting of Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Javonte Green and Vucevic, has a net score of plus-9.8 per Cleaning The Glass, and a net score of plus-11.0 with the injured Patrick Williams instead of vegetables. Chicago’s success on the defensive side has been particularly noteworthy, and Vucevic has done well in drop coverage.

Already without Williams, the 8-3 Bulls will have their depth tested in the near future. Tony Bradley backs Vucevic in 5th spot, and given they are short on traditional big players, maybe coach Billy Donovan should turn to Derrick Jones Jr. like a smallball center. Alize Johnson is another option, and if Chicago is desperate for size it could recall rookie Marko Simonovic from the G League.