Bulls' Mirotic suffers fractured jaw in fight with team mate

Bulls' Mirotic suffers fractured jaw in fight with team mate

The team's executive vice president John Paxson said Wednesday that forward Nikola Mirotic will likely miss four to six weeks after suffering fractures to his upper jaw and a concussion in the fight with teammate Bobby Portis.

Portis and Mirotic exchanged choice words before a brief shoving match ensued.

Portis and Mirotic were involved in a "serious altercation" at practice on Tuesday that eventually sent the latter to the hospital. "He's a good kid, but he made a mistake". Mirotic charged at Portis twice before Portis threw a punch and connected with Mirotic's face, according to the report. He will need to clear the concussion protocol before returning.

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Portis will be allowed to practice with the team during his suspension, though he won't be eligible to play again until the Bulls visit the Raptors on November 7. Portis then dropped Mirotic with a punch that floored him for several minutes before he got up. Mirotic was hospitalized after the incident. Not that he didn't have his reasons, as Mirotic was a restricted free agent awaiting a contract from elsewhere or the Bulls.

Portis will serve the suspension beginning with the Bulls' season opener at Toronto on Thursday night.

Portis, entering his third season in the NBA since being taken in the first round by Chicago in the 2015 NBA Draft, received an eight-game suspension from Chicago, which announced the decision on Wednesday afternoon. 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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