— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 12, 2021
This is the second time LaVine has entered protocols after entering April 15. He returned May 6 against the Hornets after missing 11 games and played until the Bulls were eliminated from a play-in spot in mid-may.
The Bulls have nine players in COVID-19 protocols as of Sunday but still have the required nine players to avoid a COVID-related game postponement. One of their hardship replacement players, Stanley Johnson, will need to be replaced after entering protocols along with rookie guard Ayo Dosunmo.
Lavine is posting 26.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game on 49.0 percent (39.1 percent from distance) shooting from the field. The Bulls are 17-10 heading into their Tuesday matchup with the Pistons (4-21).