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Report: Zach LaVine to play through thumb ligament tear on non-shooting hand

Chicago Bulls v Toronto Raptors

TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 25: Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls stands for the National Anthem before the game against the Toronto Raptors on October 25, 2021 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Chicago Bulls are off to a fast 4-0 start, but the real tests come the next three weeks — after a soft schedule to open the season, Chicago’s next six games are New York, Utah, Boston, Philadelphia (twice) and Brooklyn.

Zach LaVine plans to be there for all of it despite a ligament tear on his thumb, a story broken by Shams Charania of The Athletic and confirmed by K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.

Because it’s on his non-shooting hand, it could impact ball handling but not LaVine’s shot. LaVine wants to play through it, but he and the team are taking a “let’s see how this goes” position for now.

LaVine, an All-Star last season and an Olympian this past summer, is averaging 25.5 points a game and shooting 44.4% on his 6.8 3-pointers a game.

LaVine is a free agent after this season, and other teams are monitoring the situation, but the buzz around the league has been he is expected to sign a max contract to stay with the Bulls. NBC Chicago’s Johnson went into more detail on why he will remain in a recent podcast.