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Chicago Bulls' Nikola Vucevic to miss multiple games after positive COVID-19 test

Chicago Bulls' Nikola Vucevic to miss multiple games after positive COVID-19 test
Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (R), shown Nov. 1, 2021, has averaged 13.6 points and 10.9 rebounds this season. Photo by CJ Gunther/EPA-EFE

Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Chicago Bulls starting center Nikola Vucevic will miss multiple games after entering the NBA's health and safety protocols Thursday.

League sources told ESPN, NBC Sports and CBS 2 in Chicago that Vucevic tested positive for COVID-19. The Bulls listed Vucevic in the league's protocols, but the positive test result means the two-time All-Star big man will be sidelined for 10 days or until he records two negative tests 24 hours apart.

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Vucevic guarded Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid in back-to-back games before Embiid tested positive for the coronavirus last week. NBC Sports Chicago reported that Bulls players and coaches are fully vaccinated.

The 31-year-old Vucevic has notched five double-doubles over his past six games, including an 18-point, 10-rebound outing during the Bulls' 117-107 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Through 11 games this season, Vucevic has averaged 13.6 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the Bulls (8-3), who are tied with the Washington Wizards for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

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In Vucevic's absence, the Bulls are expected to start Tony Bradley at center.

Chicago is set to begin a five-game West Coast road trip Friday against the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors.

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