DeMar DeRozan will not play the Portland Trail Blazers tonight, reigniting concerns over the Chicago Bulls forward’s quadruple injury

Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan will miss Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers as he continues to battle a right quadriceps injury.

DeRozan has been hampered by injury since mid-December, playing 10 games before leaving the Jan. 11 game against the Boston Celtics. He appeared to come full speed ahead to come out against the Orlando Magic on Feb. 13 and miss the final two games before the All-Star break.

Despite insisting on his return that he was 100% back, DeRozan asked to leave Wednesday’s blowout loss to the Philadelphia 76ers just minutes into the third quarter. DeRozan’s production plummeted in February as he dealt with the injury – recording 6.7 fewer points per game than his season average – but appeared to level off in March.

The description of DeRozan’s injury has been somewhat ambiguous over the past four months, ranging from a knee bruise to a Grade 1 thigh sprain. In February, DeRozan said he had “never felt nothing like it” and that he felt confused by the source of the pain – or a possible solution.

DeRozan declined to speak to the media after Wednesday’s game and Friday’s shooting in Portland. It was originally listed as questionable for the game.

After DeRozan left Wednesday’s game, coach Billy Donovan said he didn’t expect the star forward to miss “long.” But with just 10 games remaining in the season entering Friday — and a dramatic final push needed to retain a spot in the play-in tournament — every game without DeRozan will feel meaningful.

“I’m still worried because he took care of it,” Donovan said. “Most guys aren’t perfectly healthy this time of year, but they’re on the court and able to pull through. I think for Alex (Caruso) and DeMar, they’re at a place where they physically can’t play where they want or need it for us.


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