Bulls star DeMar DeRozan enters NBA’s COVID-19 protocol

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Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan has entered the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, according to the league’s official injury report, sidelining him for at least Monday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.

A player entering the league’s protocols does not necessarily mean they have contracted the virus.

In order for DeRozan to return, the league’s rules say he will need to show two consecutive negative PCR tests in a 24-hour span, or be isolated for at least 10 days.

DeRozan is in the midst of a stellar season with the Bulls, scoring an efficient 26.4 points per game, his best since his departure from the Toronto Raptors, while contributing 5.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists as well.

The 32-year-old was named the Eastern Conference player of the week after a 3-0 stretch for the Bulls that saw him average 30 points per game.

Spurred in part by the success DeRozan has enjoyed, the Bulls have emerged as not just playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference, but a team that could make a run at a first-place regular-season finish. Chicago currently holds a 16-8 record, trailing the Brooklyn Nets by half a game for first place.

After facing the Nuggets at home on Monday, the Bulls begin a two-game road trip that will see them face the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat.

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