Bulls guard Alex Caruso to miss at least 1 week with hamstring strain

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) – Bulls guard Alex Caruso will miss at least a week with a right hamstring strain, coach Billy Donovan said Monday evening.

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The team’s plan is to re-evaluate Caruso in about a week, so he could miss more time that that. Starting against the Nuggets on Monday, the Bulls have three games in the next eight days. Caruso’s injury isn’t significant, but the Bulls want to make sure it doesn’t turn serious.

“It’s not significant,” Donovan said. “He’s gotten an MRI. He’s gotten treatment. I think with something like that, the bigger concern is if we bring him back too early and now it goes from something that was minor to something more significant, now he’s going to be missing more time. So I think medical feels pretty confident that, ‘OK, after a week here, let’s re-evaluate where he’s at and then make some decisions going forward.’ That’s not to sit there and say he’d be back in a week. He could be. But he’ll be evaluated, and we’ll see how he responds to treatment.”

Caruso played the first eight minutes of Chicago’s win at Brooklyn on Saturday before exiting and not returning. He had been dealing with the ailment before that.

Caruso is averaging 8.5 points, 4.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds and an NBA-best 2.2 steals in 28.6 minutes across 23 games, including six starts. Caruso is a part of the Bulls’ closing unit and a big reason why they have the seventh-ranked defense in the NBA.

Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.