Bulls' Wendell Carter Jr. (thigh) doubtful to play Friday


(670 The Score) Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. is doubtful to play when Chicago visits Charlotte on Friday as he deals with a thigh contusion, coach Billy Donovan said Thursday.

Carter suffered the injury while colliding with wing Denzel Valentine in five-on-five work in practice Wednesday. Carter exited and didn’t return, and he didn’t practice Thursday. He'll travel with the Bulls for their road trip but isn't expected to play.

“I took a couple of pain killers and it kind of went away, the pain kind of settled down a little bit,” Carter said. “But it’s doing good. I think I’m trending in the right direction. Today I was doing a lot of quad work, just trying to get that strength back there. That’s about it.”

Carter is averaging 12.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in 26.9 minutes. He acknowledged it’s a fine line between trying to help his team by choosing to play when less than 100% and doing what’s smart and not hurting his team if he’s slowed.

“It’s a thin line between the two in my opinion,” Carter said. “I feel like when I come back from this injury, it’s not going to be 100 percent for sure. But at the same time, I’ve got to understand that I don’t want to go out there and not be able to give my all for the team, not be able to give my all for myself too. I don’t want to create a bad reputation for myself or for my team, especially right now with us not playing as well on the defensive end. I don’t want to go out there and be a step or two too slow, give up easy buckets to the other team, so there’s definitely a thin line.”

In other injury updates, reserve guard Adam Mokoka is in the concussion protocol, Donovan said, while forward Patrick Williams (hip) practiced. Later Thursday, the Bulls ruled out Mokoka for Friday and listed Williams as probable.