Canaan will get the start at point guard in Friday's Game 6 against the Celtics, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Canaan logged 36 minutes and scored 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-5 3PT), but did not record an assist and had four turnovers after starting in Wednesday's Game 5. With Rajon Rondo (thumb) likely out again for Friday's game, the Bulls will need Canaan to step up in a big way in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. His 34 and 36 minutes played over his last two games indicate that head coach Fred Hoiberg significantly favors him at the one spot relative to guards Michael Carter-Williams and Jerian Grant.
Canaan will start at point guard in Wednesday's Game 5 against Boston, Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago reports.
Canaan didn't play in the first three games of Chicago's playoff series against the Celtics, but he played 34 minutes on Sunday, scoring 13 points to go along with two rebounds, three assists, and two steals. His move to the starting lineup means that Jerian Grant will move to the bench after starting in Games 3 and 4. Look for Canaan to have a large role once again now that he'll join the starting five. It remains unclear if Grant, Canaan, or Rajon Rondo (thumb) will start at point guard in Game 6.
The Bulls are overloaded at both backcourt spots, and with neither Canaan nor Michael Carter-Williams (knee) shaping up as rotation options at this stage of the season and both on expiring deals, it would make sense for Chicago to let one of them go in order to address depth at another position. Canaan may be the more vulnerable of the two players in losing his roster spot, as he's appeared in just eight of the Bulls' last 32 games and lacks the overall upside of Carter-Williams, a former Rookie of the Year winner who has had a handful of productive outings this season. Even if he's ultimately released and quickly lands a roster spot elsewhere, it seems unlikely that Canaan will find his way into meaningful minutes, given his status as an undersized guard who is shooting a lowly 27.3 percent from three-point range on the season.
Canaan (toe) is available to play during Friday's tilt against the Suns, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
Canaan has been in and out of the Bulls rotation all season, and with team fully healthy, minus Paul Zipser (ankle), it seems doubtful that he'll see significant minutes Friday. When he does play, he averages 5.6 points on 38.0 percent shooting across 18.3 minutes per game.
Canaan missed Thursday's practice with a sprained toe and is considered questionable for Friday's game against the Suns, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
It's unclear exactly when Canaan picked up the injury, but he was held out of Thursday's practice, so it's clearly giving him some significant discomfort. He'll continue to receive treatment overnight with the hope of being cleared for Friday, although we'll likely have to wait until after the team's morning shootaround before getting a final word on his availability.
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