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NBA - US Sports: LaVine ready to play through pain

Chicago All-Star guard Zach LaVine says he is ready to play on with a knee injury as the Bulls look to mount a bid for the championship.

Chicago head to Atlanta Hawks on Thursday and they are 10/11 to win with a -4.5 handicap in the Point Spread, while Atlanta can be backed at 167/100 in the Money Line.

Chicago pushing for playoff return

The Bulls sit in second spot in the Eastern Conference and appear set to end a four-year absence from the postseason.  The arrivals of DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball in the offseason have given the team a chance to go all the way this year and LaVine has no intention of missing out in order to resolve his knee issue.

The 26-year-old has been dealing with a left knee injury for some time and LaVine knows he won't be able to resolve the problem fully until he can take a break from playing, and the Chicago star is willing to wait until the end of the campaign rather than risk derailing what could be a fantastic season for his team.

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LaVine to play through the pain

"That's going to be a discussion for me and my doctor to figure out a plan of action to make me feel that I can get back to 100 percent," LaVine said, via NBC Sports. "I mean my knee isn't 100 percent. That's just the reality of it."

LaVine did have some work done on his knee last month but further procedures will be required in the offseason. Until then, the guard is happy to play through some discomfort.

He added: "I'll deal with it later. We don't know what that is going to be and how exactly we're going to approach it. But it is pretty much like a bandaid. It's making me feel better for the time being and getting me to a place where I feel comfortable playing and being effective on the court over this last stretch. And then the offseason, I'll deal with whatever I have to."

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