Like the Bulls needed another reason to become closer.
But it happened in the third quarter Friday against the Bucks in Milwaukee when bad boy Grayson Allen hooked the arm of airborne Bulls guard Alex Caruso and sent him spiraling to the court, where he landed on his right wrist. Allen was assessed a flagrant-2 foul and was ejected.
Afterward, Caruso said his wrist was sore, called the play ‘‘bull[bleep]’’ and said at no point did Allen come over to check on him. He also said X-rays showed all was well.
Things changed drastically Saturday, however, as further tests showed Caruso suffered a fractured wrist that will require surgery. He will be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks, then a more definite timeline will be known as far as his return.
For a team that has seen its share of players sidelined, including guard Lonzo Ball heading for surgery on his left knee next week, the injury to Caruso might be the worst from a defensive standpoint. The Bulls have been a different team when he plays, holding opponents to an average of eight fewer points with him in the rotation.
That’s a big swing, and it shows just how important he is as a communicator and in his willingness to defend any opposing player.
It didn’t sit well with coach Billy Donovan on Friday, when he was still under the impression Caruso had escaped injury-free. The Bulls were off…