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Wendell Carter Jr. to miss extended time with "serious" right ankle sprain

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Wendell Carter Jr. to miss extended time with "serious" right ankle sprain

The news. It's bad.

Thursday afternoon, three days after Wendell Carter Jr. appeared to badly sprain his ankle in the Bulls' 118-110 loss to the Mavericks, The Athletic's Shams Charania offered a bleak account of Carter's status:

Our Bulls Insider K.C. Johnson later confirmed that an MRI on Carter's right ankle revealed a "serious" sprain. Carter had been listed as day-to-day by the team, but that's out the window for now:

Carter has arguably been the Bulls' steadiest presence this year. He's nearly averaging a double-double with 11.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game and shooting 53.7% from the field. His increased willingness to shoot open 3-pointers and progression as a defender were bright spots in what has otherwise been a bleak first half of the Bulls' season.

A more detailed update from the organization is expected later today, but for now, it's tough news for a Bulls team fast falling out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture and with a tough slate in front of them.

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Nick Nurse passes Steve Kerr to become winningest head coach in NBA history

Nick Nurse passes Steve Kerr to become winningest head coach in NBA history

The Bulls and the city of Chicago have their fingerprints all over the list of winningest head coaches (by win-loss percentage) in NBA history but a new name is atop the list as of Friday night.

Chicago-native Doc Rivers is currently 41st on the list with a W-L percentage just under 58%. Former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is 33rd on the list with a 58.9% W-L percentage, and of course, Bulls Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson has long held a firm place within the top-5.

Jackson is currently 3rd on the list of winningest coaches in league history as he has since been passed by Nurse and another former Bull, current Warriors coach Steve Kerr. But on Friday Nurse officially passed Kerr and became the winningest head coach in league history.

The Raptors took down the Phoenix Suns on Friday night behind a 37-point performance from Pascal Siakam and a great all-around defensive effort to lift Toronto's record to 41-15 on the season. Nurse has done an excellent job of leading the Raptors to a great post-NBA title-winning season despite a ton of adversity.

Nurse, an avid Cubs fan, has the Raptors playing some of the best basketball in the league, sitting at No. 2 in the Eastern Conference despite having lost 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in free agency and missing almost every player on their roster to injury at some point this season. 

Nick Nurse enters Saturday morning with an NBA head coaching record of 99-38 over 138 games. 

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Offseason changes looming for the Bulls' front office?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Offseason changes looming for the Bulls' front office?

David Schuster, Charlie Roumeliotis, and Chris Kuc join Leila on the panel.

0:00 - The Blackhawks are back on the ice but the trade deadline is looming. Which goalie is most likely to be dealt before Monday? And could a member of the Cup-winning core be traded?

12:00 - The shorthanded Bulls lose their 7th straight but all of the focus is on the front office. The guys discuss the possible changes that we could see this offseason.

18:00 - Jamal Mayers joins Leila and Charlie to talk about his new children's book "Hockey Is For Me" and how he hopes to inspire more kids to play the game he loves.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

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