February 20, 2024

PORTLAND — The Chicago Bulls took one other blow on the damage report this weekend as Patrick Williams sat out Sunday’s sport towards the Path Blazers in Portland — and will probably 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 stated he has been taking part in via 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 kind of conditions the place the advantage of (the strolling boot), whether or not I wanted it or not, form of outweighed the look of it,” Williams stated. “Naturally, I stated, ‘Hell no.’ I do know what it appears prefer to put on a boot. You by no means wish to simply must put on a kind of. However they spoke to me about the advantage of sporting it and form 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 end in 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 because of these accidents. He’s averaging 10 factors, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

Sitting out for his fourth sport 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 with no consideration,” Williams stated. “It’s a number of luck that must be concerned in it to do this. A variety of routine work and upkeep work and luck too as properly. Good luck, unhealthy luck, regardless of the case could also be. I’m right here now. I’m attempting to do the whole lot I can to ensure I really feel as near 100% as doable.”