CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 23: Nikola Mirotic #44 of the Chicago Bulls brings the ball up the court against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game at The Quicken Loans Arena on January 23, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty I
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January 27, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls expect forward Nikola Mirotic to be sidelined until after the All-Star break following surgery Wednesday to remove his appendix.

The team says Mirotic was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and that the operation at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center ''went as expected.'' Mirotic did not accompany the Bulls to Los Angeles, where they start a seven-game trip against the Lakers on Thursday night. He figures to miss at least eight games, with the All-Star break scheduled for Feb. 12-14.

The 6-foot-10 Mirotic has been inconsistent this season, averaging 10.6 points while shooting 38.6 percent. But he played well the past two games against Cleveland and Miami, averaging 16 points and shooting 11 of 20.

The Bulls (25-19) are fourth in the Eastern Conference.

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