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Bulls' Bobby Portis suspended eight games for breaking teammate Nikola Mirotic's jaw

19 October 2017

Just hours before the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season was set to begin Tuesday night, reports began circulating of a nasty altercation between Chicago Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis at practice.

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The Chicago Bulls are suspending forward Bobby Portis for eight games to start the season after he struck teammate Nikola Mirotic in the face during a practice altercation, according to a report from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Sources told ESPN that strike left Mirotic with a fractured bone, sending him to the hospital. Portis has been suspended by the club and will face disciplinary charges. Bulls' executive VP John Paxson says Mirotić will be out for four to six weeks, "but needs to clear concussion protocol". And as we all know when you make mistakes you got to suffer the consequences. Portis is likely going to miss a good chunk of games after a stunt like that, while Mirotic will likely be out longer with his facial injury.

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Wojnarowski reported that Bulls GM Gar Foreman was at practice and witnessed the incident. Portis will be allowed to practice with the Bulls during his suspension. Portis was a first-round pick in 2015, and has averaged 6.9 points and five rebounds per game. He signed a two-year deal with $12.5 million guaranteed to stay with the Bulls. His first three seasons in Chicago haven't exactly been sparkling - he has averaged a modest 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds with a discreet 35% success rate in three pointers.

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Bulls' Bobby Portis suspended eight games for breaking teammate Nikola Mirotic's jaw