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Bulls next two games postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak

The NBA has stepped in and postponed the Bulls game against the Pistons on Tuesday and Raptors on Thursday.

Head coach Billy Donovan of the Chicago Bulls reacts against the Miami Heat during the second half at FTX Arena on December 11, 2021 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The game Tuesday between the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak with the Bulls, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Monday. The Bulls also won’t play Thursday vs. the Toronto Raptors due to the outbreak. The NBA is allowing the Bulls to get healthy and field a competitive team before resuming play.

Update — The NBA has confirmed the two postponed games and released this statement shortly after the report:

Chicago has just enough to field an 8-man roster to compete, though the NBA is still moving the game. Here’s a look at all the players who are in health and safety protocols for the Bulls:

Alize Johnson
Zach LaVine
Stanley Johnson
DeMar DeRozan
Ayo Dosunmu
Derrick Jones Jr.
Matt Thomas
Coby White
Javonte Green
Troy Brown Jr.

With 10 players in covid protocols, the Bulls are so thin and barely able to field a team to play on Tuesday night. The latest players to enter protocols are Alize Johnson, Brown, Jones and Dosunmu. There was optimism that White was close to being able to return from the covid list. DeRozan and Green would be the next players in line.

LaVine could also clear if he posts the negative tests. The All-Star guard tested positive for Covid-19 last season and was forced to miss extended time. He’s confirmed as vaccinated and the Bulls are said to have most of their booster shots.