Parker had 10 points (2-5 FG, 2-3 3PT, 4-4 FT), three rebounds and two assists in Monday's win over the Cavs. Parker has worked his way back into the rotation of late, and Monday marked his fifth straight game playing double-digit minutes after several weeks of DNP-CDs. That Parker saw only 12 minutes in a game that wasn't overly close isn't the most encouraging sign, but he'll enter Wednesday's game against Atlanta having scored at least 10 points in all five games since returning to the rotation.
Parker provided 15 points (5-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one block across 18 minutes Thursday in the Bulls' 135-105 loss to the Nuggets. Parker's deficiencies as a defender are well known at this point and will likely prevent coach Jim Boylen from turning to him for major minutes, but the 23-year-old has at least provided a nice scoring spark off the bench since re-entering the rotation three games ago. In just 18.0 minutes per game during that stretch, Parker is averaging 14.7 points while shooting 63 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from distance. His role on the second unit looks fairly secure for now, especially with Wendell Carter (thumb) listed as day to day.
Parker appears to be back in the Bulls' regular rotation, Sam Smith of Bulls.com reports. Parker scored a team-high 18 points in Tuesday's loss to the Lakers, but more importantly he played double-digit minutes for the second straight game after a string of DNP-CD's in December and early January. The former No. 2 overall pick quickly fell out of the rotation after Jim Boylen took over for Fred Hoiberg, but Boylen confirmed Tuesday that Parker has earned his way back onto the court on a regular basis. "I know what I can do; I am the same guy," said Parker after Tuesday's loss. "Every time when I go out there it's going to be the same thing, be solid, play smart and see how it goes. (For us now), it's just stay with it, keep on trusting each other, keep on boosting each other's confidence. That's what's going to help us. Play for one another, and just the things we have already. We just have to sharpen them and we're going to do that."
Parker posted 18 points (7-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two steals across 17 minutes in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday. Parker's ultra-efficient performance off the bench led to a team-high scoring total in the loss. It was the second straight appearance for the 2014 second overall pick, a pair of games in which he's averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal. There were plenty of rumors earlier in the season that Parker was as good as gone from the Windy City as soon as a trade partner was found, but with that scenario apparently less likely at this point, it appears the five-year veteran may become a regular part of the frontcourt rotation once again.
Parker will play again Tuesday against the Lakers, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports. Parker played in just one game from Dec. 15 through Jan. 11, collecting DNP-Coach's Decisions. However, he played Friday against the Jazz, collecting 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes. In regards to his availability Tuesday, coach Jim Boylen noted "[Parker] has practiced very well" and he will take the court.
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