July 13, 2024

PORTLAND — The Chicago Bulls took one other blow on the damage report this weekend as Patrick Williams sat out Sunday’s 104-96 win over the Path Blazers in Portland — and shall be in a strolling boot till he returns to Chicago as a safety measure for a left foot damage.

Williams underwent an analysis in Los Angeles this week. It was solely preliminary; his future availability and timeline for restoration is not going to be absolutely assessed till later this week when the Bulls return to Chicago.

This isn’t a brand new concern for Williams, who mentioned he has been taking part in by way of discomfort and ache in his left foot for weeks. However the ache “hit a peak” throughout Thursday’s loss to the Lakers, ensuing within the analysis in California.

“It’s a type of conditions the place the good thing about (the strolling boot), whether or not I wanted it or not, sort of outweighed the look of it,” Williams mentioned. “Naturally, I mentioned, ‘Hell no.’ I do know what it seems to be prefer to put on a boot. You by no means wish to simply need to put on a type of. However they spoke to me about the good thing about carrying it and sort of deloading it for a pair days.”

Williams beforehand missed three video games this season with a proper ankle damage. He was optimistic the damage is not going to lead to an prolonged absence, however coach Billy Donovan warned the prognosis will stay unclear till the ahead is absolutely evaluated.

The Bulls are already fighting participant availability through the long-term absences of ahead Torrey Craig and guard Zach LaVine. Williams returned to the beginning lineup as a consequence of these accidents. He’s averaging 10 factors, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

Sitting out for his fourth recreation of the season sparked frustration for Williams, who performed all 82 video games — plus two play-in video games — of final season.

“It’s undoubtedly one thing you don’t take as a right,” Williams mentioned. “It’s a number of luck that needs to be concerned in it to do this. Quite a lot of routine work and upkeep work and luck too as effectively. Good luck, unhealthy luck, regardless of the case could also be. I’m right here now. I’m making an attempt to do all the things I can to ensure I really feel as near 100% as attainable.”

Listed here are 4 different takeaways from the sport.

The stage was set for Julian Phillips to make a splash in Portland — and the rookie delivered in one in all his most efficient video games as a Bull.

Forward of the sport, Donovan ready Phillips to fill in for a few of Williams’ taking part in time. Whereas Ayo Dosunmu crammed within the beginning place, Phillips logged 24 minutes off the bench.

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Phillips attacked the chance with the aggressiveness that has elevated his confidence all through this season. He notched a serious block on Malcolm Brogdon within the first quarter, bouncing skyward and swatting the ball with each fingers.

Phillips completed with 11 factors, two rebounds, an help and a block.

Chicago Bulls guard Ayo Dosunmu drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers guard Malcolm Brogdon on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, in Portland.

Ayo Dosunmu set the tone from the opening whistle, snagging the ricocheting ball from tipoff and sprinting full-court to flush a dunk. He continued that momentum for the remainder of the primary quarter, scoring eight factors to steer the Bulls by way of the opening body.

Dosunmu didn’t rating once more till there have been 20.5 seconds left within the recreation when he sank a 3-pointer to ship the Bulls up 102-96. He completed with 11 factors, 5 rebounds, three blocks and three assists.

The Bulls outscored the Blazers within the paint (52-40), on the quick break (15-4) and even from 3-point vary (24-18) regardless of solely capturing 25% from behind the arc. However the one place they couldn’t beat the Blazers was from the charity stripe.

The Blazers went 26-for-29 from the free-throw line whereas the Bulls solely went 12-for-17. DeMar DeRozan didn’t earn a free throw off a private foul till the ultimate 90 seconds of the sport, though he did take one free throw for a technical foul earlier within the fourth quarter.

The Bulls emerged from a three-game highway journey with one win after dropping losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns. They continue to be ninth within the Japanese Convention, which locations them in play-in match place.