CHICAGO (CBS) — The NBA Eastern Conference-leading Bulls were already set to be tested with a five-game road trip beginning at league-leading Golden State on Friday.

Now, they will have to start it without starting center Nikola Vucevic, as he has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Vuc is out for 10 days, or until he has two negative tests in a 24-hour period.

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Already undersized after an injury to forward Patrick Williams, the Bulls will need more from everyone – especially backup center Tony Bradley, who will fill in for Vucevic as a starter.

Even after a hot start, this team knows it has plenty to prove – particularly as heirs to Michael Jordan and the Bulls of the 1990s.

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“We’re just kind of finding ways to win, and I think that’s the sign of a good team. But I think we have a lot of ways to get better. I think that’s probably the most encouraging thing for me,” said first-year Bulls guard Alex Caruso. “Eleven games into the season, I don’t think you can say anybody’s back – especially for the prestige of the Bulls. They won three championships in a row twice. Being back, you know, that’s a big statement.”

CBS 2 Chicago Staff