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Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic was sent to the hospital on Tuesday evening after getting into an altercation with teammate Bobby Portis.

It was reported that Mirotic would likely be out four to six weeks after suffering facial fractures, but it looks like Portis will miss a fraction of that time, as the Bulls announced on Wednesday that Portis had been suspended for the first eight games of the season.

League sources told Yahoo! Sports that there was a shoving altercation at practice and Portis got in a cheap shot on Mirotic’s face, which is the reason for him being hospitalized. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed that:

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is also reporting that Mirotic is already home and suffered two broken bones:

The 22-year old Portis was the Bulls’ 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft while Mirotic signed a two-year, $27 million deal this offseason to stay with the team.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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