Caruso misses second half after taking elbow to face

Alex Caruso missed the second half of Sunday's Game 4 due to a facial injury and his status for Game 5 is unknown.

Caruso was evaluated for a concussion after being struck by Milwaukee guard Jevon Carter late in the second quarter. With 1:44 left in the first half, Caruso was trying to squeeze a screen-and-roll, and when Carter moved past him, he threw out his left arm and struck Caruso in the face. Carter was called for an offensive foul on the play, but the contact seemed accidental.

"I think they're still trying to figure out if he has a concussion," Bulls coach Billy Donovan said after the game. "He got hit pretty good, it was right in front of our bench."

Caruso was left with a bloody nose and stayed on the ground for a couple minutes. Ayo Dosunmu started the second half in Caruso's place.

"I think he was trying to come back in, but I think once he started bleeding they wanted to bring him back and get the bleeding to stop," Donovan added.

Williams bounces back:

One bright spot for the Bulls was Patrick Williams bouncing back from an 0-for-9 shooting performance in Game 3 by producing 20 points and 10 rebounds on Sunday.

After the game, he talked about what it's been like going through the NBA playoffs for the first time.

"Being my first series, I try to learn as much as I can," Williams said. "Whether it's watching film with Alex Caruso, I watch film with him a lot; watch film with the coaches, watch the other playoff games going on.

"I usually try to stay around basketball. I really don't have anything else to do other than basketball. I usually try to stay around it, learn as much as I can from our series but also other series going on. Talk to the coaching staff, guys who have been in the playoffs."

Williams has been given the thankless task of trying to guard two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. He's had some ups and downs, with good performances in Game 2 and 4 after staying quiet in Games 1 and 3.

"It's been fun for me, honestly, just having this experience and understanding that every play matters, ever decision matters," he said. "So it's been fun."

Portis sees victory:

Bucks forward Bobby Portis was in good spirits when he talked about the eye injury that happened in the first quarter of Game 2.

"I couldn't see at all," he said. "When it happened, I just fell down because I got dizzy and I couldn't see. I blacked out. Then my vision came back about seven seconds later, that's when I ran back down the court.

"It was funny, I tried to post up (DeMar) DeRozan. Jrue (Holiday) was like, 'Man, I'm not going to throw you the ball. Your eye's bleeding.' I'm like, 'Ball, ball ... I'm open.' He was like, 'Nah, nah, nah.' Then they called time out and I exited the game."

Portis was drafted by the Bulls in 2015, then traded to Washington midway through the 2018-19 season in the deal that brought Otto Porter to Chicago. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday's Game 4.

Portis got another laugh when asked about joining the starting lineup for Game 3. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer refused to reveal the replacement for injured Khris Middleton before the game and Portis was asked when he found out.

"I don't know if that's a trick question or not," Portis said with a laugh. "I just find out whenever he tells me, that's the best way to go about it, I think."

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