Bulls News: Mike Dunleavy Feels "Terrible" That He Can't Help His Teammates

Chicago Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy has missed 16 straight games with a deep ankle bruise, and he's becoming increasingly anxious about getting back on the floor

“I feel terrible not being out there,” Dunleavy said following the team's 99-93 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday, via NBA.com. “Whether it’s taking up minutes for guys we don’t need playing the high minutes, doing little things that can help the team win. I feel terrible. I feel really guilty about it. But all I can do now is try to get myself back and get healthy and that’s what I’m focusing on.”

Dunleavy initially thought the injury was a minor sprain, so it's been beyond frustrating for him to have to sit out for such an extended period of time.

“I thought I was going to be able to play the next night,” Dunleavy said a month later still not having played a minute. “Certainly within the next week. It’s just something that’s dragged out because we didn’t realize how bad I got it. Now I’m just dealing with discomfort where I can’t play. I’m close, but I’ve got to be able to do all the things, the running and stuff, playing the game. I’m just not there yet. But it could be any day now.”

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