Mirotic's face broken in scuffle at Bulls practice

19 October, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Earnest Huff
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Bobby Portis punched Nikola Mirotic in practice, and now neither will be playing in games anytime soon.

Portis's suspension will begin Thursday night, when Chicago opens the season in Toronto.

Bulls forward Bobby Portis has been suspended for eight games by the Chicago Bulls after his altercation with teammate Nikola Mirotic, the team announced.

Both parties were aggressive leading up to the conflict, according to Bulls vice president John Paxson, but Portis threw the punch that ultimately landed him with his suspension.

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On Tuesday evening, a source told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune that Mirotic is now home with two broken bones in his face and was checked for a possible concussion. Mirotic has to wait until concussion symptoms subside before doctors can perform any surgery, so the four-to-six-week timetable could change. He's a competitive kid, but in this instance he made a mistake.

Paxson said that the Bulls got counsel from the league on how to handle the situation. The Bulls are reportedly weighing disciplinary actions for Portis.

Portis will be eligible to return for the Bulls' ninth game of the season against the Raptors on November 7. He finally prolonged his time with the Bulls, signing a two-year contract worth 27 million dollars.

The 6-foot-10, 238-pound Mirotic, 26, averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 70 games (15 starts) last season and was expected to start for Chicago this season.

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