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Bulls’ Mike Dunleavy Has Suffered a Setback With Back Injury

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It’s been nine weeks since Chicago Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy underwent back surgery that was expected to keep him out eight-to-10 weeks, but it doesn’t seem like the veteran will be back anytime soon. Dunleavy is experiencing some soreness in his back and had to visit a doctor on Monday, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Dunleavy had been increasing his on-court activity in advance of hopefully returning from the injury in the near future, but now things are unclear thanks to this setback. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg gave an update on Monday:

This isn’t good news for a Bulls team that’s thin on the wing. Tony Snell and Doug McDermott have both started at small forward this season, but neither player has distinguished himself. Snell has been mired in a huge slump, while McDermott has cooled off after a hot start and is a poor defender. With Dunleavy’s availability in question, Chicago really needs one of its young wings to step forward and make a positive impact.

In other Bulls injury news, point guards Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich are both hurting. Brooks will miss his fourth straight game when Chicago takes on the San Antonio Spurs Monday with a strained left hamstring, and Hinrich is out with a left hip pointer. That would leave only Derrick Rose and E’Twaun Moore healthy at point guard.

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