Zach LaVine Details Playing Hurt: “It’s Like Playing With 4 Fingers” & Knicks “Our First Real Test”
LaVine on playing with thumb injury: “It wasn’t pleasant”
The Chicago Bulls dropped their first game of the season to the New York Knicks 104-103, and Zach Lavine spoke with reporters following the loss and explained what it was like facing a tough team and playing through a thumb injury.
“It wasn’t pleasant. It’s doable. It’s like I’m dribbling with four fingers,” says LaVine. “First game playing it out to see how it was. It wasn’t bad. I got going a little bit and then I went through a bit of a slump when they started blitzing. Just gotta find ways to manage it.”
LaVine touched on his thoughts of the offense so far through five games.
“We just go through little slumps where we shouldn’t. We have so many good guys. So many shooters and so many scorers on the floor. We gotta get into action a little bit quicker.”
Chicago entered the contest 4-0 after defeating the Pelicans, Raptors, and the Pistons to start the year. LaVine says the Knicks was their first real test so far of the season.
“It was a good game. It was our first real test. We need a game like this and we are gonna have more on this next stretch. Obviously, we wanted to come away with a better result. We fought back into the game. I think they controlled the game in the second half. I just wish we got into it a little bit sooner.”