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Bulls get good news: Wendell Carter Jr.'s thumb injury isn't as serious as first feared

Bulls get good news: Wendell Carter Jr.'s thumb injury isn't as serious as first feared
Published On: Thu, Jan 17
Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Denzel Valentine (Michigan State) walks off stage after being selected as the number fourteen overall pick to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

An emotional roller coaster of a day concluded with some good news on the injury front for the Bulls.

After initial concerns thatA Wendell Carter Jr.A either broke a bone or tore a ligament in his left thumb during Tuesdaya€™s loss to theA Lakers, an MRI exam on Wednesday revealed that the ligament remained stable and largely intact, per a source.

Carter, who suffered the injury in the first half but finished the game, complained of pain postgame. The injury is still believed to be a sprained left thumb, which is technically a tear of the ligament. But the tear is far more minor than initially feared, a source said.

Though the Bulls didna€™t officially release a timeline on the rookie centera€™s absence, coach Jim Boylen is expected to list him as day to day following Thursdaya€™s morning shootaround in Denver. One person briefed on the situation even said that if Carter is pain free on Thursday, he could be cleared to play.

But the safe bet is that the Bulls will take a conservative approach, particularly since Carter also underwent an MRI on his left knee to address nagging soreness. That exam, too, checked out clean, a source said.

The Bulls, who lug an eight-game losing streak into a matchup with the high-flyingA Nuggets, certainly have had their share of bad luck regarding injuries this season.

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