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Chicago Bulls' Nikola Mirotic opts not to have surgery for facial fractures

Bulls' Mirotic opts not to have surgery for facial fractures

CHICAGO – Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic has decided not to have surgery to repair the broken bones in his face.

Vice president of basketball operations John Paxson told WBBM AM-780 that Mirotic decided to let the fractures heal on their own. Mirotic suffered several broken bones as well as a concussion when he got into a fight with teammate Bobby Portis during practice Oct. 17.

The Bulls had said he likely would need surgery and miss four to six weeks. Because of the concussion, Mirotic did not have the operation right away. Paxson said the bones have started to heal, so it's "best" not to undergo surgery.

He also said Mirotic will resume light activity – mostly riding a bike – Tuesday.

Portis was suspended eight games.

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