Four Bulls Players Out Due To COVID-19 Protocols

The Bulls will be without Lauri Markkanen, Ryan Arcidiacono, Tomas Satoransky, and Chandler Hutchison on Thursday evening vs. the Wizards due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols, head coach Billy Donovan said today (Twitter link via K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago).

Those health and safety protocols are related to COVID-19, but neither teams nor the league have been providing many details on specific players’ absences. It’s possible one or more of the affected Bulls players had a positive or inconclusive coronavirus test result. They may also be tied up in the NBA’s contact tracing program.

Donovan told reporters – including Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic (Twitter link) – that he’s unsure how long Markkanen, Arcidiacono, Satoransky, and Hutchison will be unavailable. He’s also not even certain whether or not those four players will be permitted to travel out of D.C. with the rest of the team after tonight’s game (Twitter link via Johnson).

While the Bulls wait for clarity on a potential timeline for their missing players, they’ll have to figure out a new-look lineup and rotation tonight vs. Washington and presumably on Friday vs. Milwaukee as well. Markkanen had started at power forward in each of Chicago’s first four games, while the other three players logged between 28 and 68 total minutes in those contests.

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17 thoughts on “Four Bulls Players Out Due To COVID-19 Protocols

  1. harden (mvp),wall, and wood

    Looks like the Wizards finally caught a break and might actually win a game.

    • harden (mvp),wall, and wood

      5 games, 4 triple-doubles for Westbrook, and they’re 0-5.

        • Little_Dunker_45

          They won tonight, what’s your point? Meanwhile wizards wand to be good…but they suck lol

          • harden (mvp),wall, and wood

            Wand to be good, nice pun. Washington is outscoring their opponents when they rest Russ 122-115, but when he plays they’re being outscored 123-116. A pattern is beginning to emerge here.

            Their schedule isn’t getting any easier over the next few weeks either, so unless thing improve real soon, it’s looking like all of the problems Houston had before now belong to the Wizards.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Why can’t you follow protocol. Probably got another 6 months of this. Why is it so difficult.

    • xxtremecubsguy89

      You realize it could be from their family members right? Just saying.

      • KnickerbockerAl

        Protocol is all their close group. Family or girlfriend or workers. Have to abide by rules. To assure minimum contact with the community. No restaurants or hanging out. It’s not difficult when you make millions a yr. If that means isolate with team only. Then so be it. I’d be just working out taking care of my body. There’s a light at end of tunnel now. Why mess with that.

        • El Don

          What protocols?
          Only sure fire way not to catch the virus is by not breathing, now I wouldn’t really recommend that, now, would I, right?

        • It literally could have been a false positive and contact tracing… also perhaps some men want to live their lives and not be lemmings for others men, iTs nOt hArD, alright you narc

  3. ChiSoxCity

    And the Bulls still won the game?? F’n Bulls, I tell ya. Can’t even tank properly.

  4. Little_Dunker_45

    Cut these fools. Everyone raging over Hardon who doesnt gove these fools a hard time is a damn fool. Go 2 school even if its online…morons

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