Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball will miss his third consecutive game on Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers (8 ET, League Pass) due to a bone contusion in his left knee, according to the league’s injury report.
Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports that Ball is receiving therapeutic treatment to relieve some of the soreness in his knee and his return to the lineup will depend on how he responds.
Donovan has previously described Ball’s issue as “a build-up of some joint soreness” that has worsened. The team is trying rest and treatment as the plan for now.
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Ball hasn’t played since Jan. 14 when the East-leading Bulls suffered a brutal 138-96 blowout loss to Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors in Chicago, their second of four straight losses. Without Ball, who is averaging 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals this season, Chicago suffered two more losses to the Celtics and the Grizzlies.
The Bulls are also without star guard Zach LaVine who is dealing with a knee injury that occurred during the previously mentioned loss to the Warriors.
But Chicago did receive a bit of good news, guard Alex Caruso is available for the first time in almost a month after being sidelined with a foot injury followed by entering the league’s Health and Safety Protocols.