The Bulls still won’t be getting whole this week, but they will likely be getting the heart of their defensive back.
According to coach Billy Donovan, Alex Caruso finally tested out of the NBA’s coronavirus health and safety protocols, and could be back Wednesday, when the Bulls host the up-and-coming Cavaliers.
What will have to be determined leading up to that game will be a plan for minutes, especially considering how long Caruso has been in and out of the lineup since Dec. 4, when he first tweaked a hamstring and started a spiral of missed time.
“He did some work [Monday], he’ll do some work [Tuesday], and probably make some kind of assessment then at that point before the Cleveland game,’’ Donovan said of Caruso. “I think the bigger issue I don’t know the answer to right now is what are his minutes going to look like when he does come back? Because he really has not played since, maybe around – he’s played a game here and there, but he’s really been out since Dec. 4, and he had that hamstring in Brooklyn that kind of held him out, then he came back and played against the Lakers, kind of got that mid-foot sprain against Houston, and then came back and was ready to go and got Covid, so there really hasn’t been consistency for him.
“This has almost been like a six-week thing for him where he’s…