Porter contributed 15 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes during Tuesday's victory over the Cavaliers. Through his first three games since returning from a foot injury that forced him to miss the majority of the season thus far, Porter saw 18 minutes per game, and averaged 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 dimes, 1.0 triples and 1.0 blocks, while shooting 40.2 percent from the field. Luckily, he seemed to step on the gas a little in his last game, going for 23 points, four steals, three rebounds, three triples and two assists on 52.9 percent shooting. Porter couldn't quite carry that same level of momentum into this contest, but still produced a solid stat line with good shooting percentages. With a four-game week, it's possible that Porter sees some rest soon, but as long as he's on the court, he's worth sticking into your lineups for his ability to produce gems like he did in his last game.
Porter scored a team-high 23 points (9-17 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding four steals, three rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 110-107 loss to the Nets. Only one Bulls starter scored in double digits, while Porter and Coby White were forced to carry the offensive load from the second unit. The 23 points also represented Porter's best scoring effort so far in an injury-plagued season, topping the 22 he dropped way back on Nov. 1. Chicago continues to ramp up his workload slowly, but the 26-year-old forward should be seeing starter's minutes soon, even if he doesn't officially move into the starting five.
Coach Jim Boylen suggested Sunday he expects Porter to stick in a bench role for the foreseeable future, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports. The Bulls have been cautious with Porter in his three games since returning from a fractured foot, an injury that kept him sidelined for nearly four months. Porter has played no more than 20 minutes in any game since his return, and while he could see his playing time gradually increase, the Bulls are expected to keep some restriction in place for the next several games, if not the rest of the season. Bringing Porter off the bench helps the Bulls manage his minutes a little more easily rather than if he were starting, so Denzel Valentine or Shaquille Harrison look poised to continue getting opportunities with the top unit.
Porter chipped in eight points (4-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and a block in 19 minutes during the Bulls' 108-102 loss to the Pacers. Porter bounced back slightly from his two point (1-8 FG) performance on Wednesday. The Bulls are reincorporating him at a snail's pace, but owners likely anticipated this from the lottery-bound franchise. Porter averaged a career-best 17.5 points in 15 games for Chicago after the trade deadline last season, so there is genuine stash appeal here.
Porter will remain on a restriction of 20-22 minutes for Friday's game against the Pacers, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Porter has seen 17 and 18 minutes, respectively, in his first two games back from injury. He'll remain on a limit Friday as he's eased back into the flow of games.
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