Nikola Vučević to make return from COVID-19 vs. Rockets originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Nikola Vučević is back.
The Chicago Bulls' All-Star center will make his return from a seven-game, COVID-19 induced absence against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, the team announced.
Vučević tested positive for the virus on Nov. 11. After producing two negative PCR tests in a 24-hour window, head coach Billy Donovan told reporters on Sunday (Nov. 21) that Vučević had rejoined the team, but was awaiting medical clearance from cardiovascular testing to return to game action.
Evidently, he has now received that. The Bulls went 4-3 in his absence, but badly missed his floor-spacing and facilitating from the five-spot, even considering the early-season shooting slump he was mired in before being sidelined.
“He’s one of the main pieces of our team,” Zach LaVine recently said. “It’ll be great to have some size back, get our All-Star big man back. He’ll help everything out.”
Alex Caruso, who missed Monday's blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers with a left wrist contusion, was also listed on the team's injury report as available.
Caruso entered the Bulls' starting lineup during Vučević's absence (with Tony Bradley starting at center), but Billy Donovan was non-committal when asked in Portland whether that change would be a permanent one. Keep an eye out for that announcement, and possible minutes restrictions on Vučević and Caruso, against Houston.