Things were looking up for the Bulls and Kris Dunn late in their comeback against the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night.
Then Dunn hit the floor after a breakaway dunk and blood drew from his mouth. Initially he was diagnosed with two dislocated front teeth.
But the news got worse Thursday when it was revealed the hard fall caused a concussion and Dunn will not travel on the Bulls' trip to Atlanta.
Dunn has taken ahold of the point guard spot and been labeled the team's closer in recent weeks. And with Zach LaVine scheduled to have his minute restriction lifted after his first week of play, the Bulls were looking forward to having all three pieces from the draft day trade involving Jimmy Butler on the floor with true freedom.
Now, that plan must take another backseat with this setback and the Bulls will embark on their three game road trip, likely without Dunn.
In 31 starts, Dunn has impressed, averaging 14.6 points and 7.0 assists. Overall for the year, Dunn is averaging 13.7 points and 6.4 assists, recovering from a slow start after torn tendons in his finger suffered during the preseason.
In the concussion protocol, Dunn must pass a battery of tests before returning to action and the Bulls will certainly be cautious with Dunn, as they've been with LaVine.
It will mean more playing time for Jerian Grant, who started the season as starter before Dunn supplanted him in December. It'll also mean more time at the point for LaVine, who played the position his rookie season in Minnesota.
Either way, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg will have to wait yet again for his full roster to be materialized, adjusting on the fly after another unfortunate circumstance.