Omer Asik will miss the remainder of the playoffs with a fractured left fibula, which will NOT require surgery but is expected to sideline the rookie center for 6 weeks.
Asik suffered the injury during the third quarter of Sunday’s Game 3. Team physician Brian Cole’s diagnosis was confirmed via MRI and CT scan before Game 4, which Asik played in for 1 minute, 53 seconds before experiencing “recurrent discomfort and a loss of function.” Asik exited for good at the 11:02 mark of the second quarter.
Asik’s status for Game 4 against the Miami Heat on Tuesday had been in question because of what was initially described as a muscle strain in his lower left leg.
Asik was a game-time decision, but briefly played in Game 4 with 55.2 seconds left in the first quarter, promptly fouled LeBron James and had James land on his leg in the process. Asik walked towards the bench, but then played only 58 seconds in the second quarter before finally retreating to the locker room for the night.
Although Asik is obviously done for the season, his status on the Chicago Bull’s roster should be fine for next season. “Omer is going to be great,” Luol Deng believes. Asik’s defensive presence guarantees him minutes off the bench in 2011-12, but his raw offensive game means little fantasy impact.