After suffering a setback in his rehab from offseason back surgery, Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy met with specialists and will now miss 4-6 more weeks before making his return to the team. Dunleavy has yet to play this season and could potentially miss half of Chicago's season as he will have to be re-evaluated before he is able to play.
The Bulls have been missing Dunleavy's defensive skills and his 3-point shooting. Last season, Dunleavy, a very solid role player, shot 40.7 from three while averaging 9.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists. In his absence, the Bulls have relied on Tony Snell and Doug McDermott but neither player is as skilled defensively and both are still relatively young players who don't have too much experience yet.
If Dunleavy is able to join the team before the All-Star break, that would be extremely beneficial for the Bulls as they try ramp up for the playoffs. However, if he is not back by then, the Bulls will need both Snell and McDermott to take a significant step forward. Otherwise Chicago may have a difficult time maintaining a top seed in the East.