Mirotic's jaw broken in National Basketball Association teammate fight

Mirotic's jaw broken in National Basketball Association teammate fight

Mirotic's jaw broken in National Basketball Association teammate fight

Portis and Mirotic were involved in a "serious altercation" at practice on Tuesday that eventually sent the latter to the hospital.

The Bulls are scheduled to open their season Thursday in Toronto against the Raptors.

NBC Sports Chicago's Vincent Goodwill added that this incident has been brewingbetween the two forwards for three years, and that for what it's worth, Mirotic was the instigator.

The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for eight games for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic and breaking his jaw at practice Tuesday.

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Both parties were aggressive leading up to the conflict, according to Bulls vice president John Paxson, but Portis threw the punch that ultimately landed him with his suspension. But in this instance, he made a mistake. Portis then punched Mirotic in the face, and the blow gave Mirotic maxillary fractures in his face and a concussion. The Bulls are evaluating disciplinary action.

The team says Mirotic will likely need surgery and is out indefinitely. "And as we all know when you make mistakes, you have to suffer the consequences". Portis will be allowed to practice with the Bulls during his suspension. A restricted free agent, he signed a two-year contract that could pay as much as $27m in September.

Without the floor-spacing big man, they'll somehow be even worse.

He averaged 7.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a rookie and followed up with 6.8 points and 4.6 boards a night in 2016-17.

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