Bulls Optimistic as Zach LaVine Heads for MRI for Knee Injury

Bulls optimistic as LaVine heads for MRI on knee injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Zach LaVine left the United Center walking under his own power and expressing confidence to others that the left knee injury that knocked him out of Friday's game against the Golden State Warriors isn't serious, sources told NBC Sports Chicago.

LaVine will undergo an MRI exam for further diagnosis, a source said. Initially, that exam was scheduled for Saturday, but LaVine told some people he may try to push the exam to late Friday night, a source said.

LaVine tore the ACL in the same knee while playing for the Timberwolves in February 2017, but there is widespread confidence throughout the organization that LaVine has dodged serious injury.

LaVine quietly had been playing through some minor swelling in that knee, a source said. When he experienced discomfort during the first quarter, it pushed him over the edge.

LaVine committed an intentional foul and exited straight to the locker room with 8 minutes, 24 seconds left in the first quarter. He walked under his own power alongside assistant athletic trainer Arnold Lee.

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