Markkanen contributed 15 points (6-13 FG, 3-4 FT), four rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Cavaliers. Markkanen returned from a pelvic stress reaction about a week ago, and has seen his playing time increase slightly in each of the four games he's played since his return. He's been a bit slow to get back into form, which isn't wholly unexpected of a player who missed 15 consecutive games. In his previous three outings since his return, 22-year old has averaged 10.7 points, 3.7 boards and 1.7 threes in 23.1 minutes per game, shooting 42.9 percent from the field. This game was a step in the right direction, but still a far cry from what fantasy owners were expecting when they drafted him.
Markkanen clunked for three points (1-10 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, a steal and a block in 22 minutes Friday during a 108-102 loss to the Pacers. Markkanen is bound to have his ups and downs after missing a month and a half (pelvis), however the degree of struggle displayed on Friday is discouraging. Those rostering Markkanen have likely mastered the art of patience by this point, but he should be kept on a short leash given his inconsistencies and replicable production.
Markkanen will have a restriction of 20-22 minutes Friday against the Pacers, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Markkanen returned Wednesday, playing 21 minutes and posting 13 points and four rebounds. He'll see a similar allotment of minutes Friday as he's eased back into game action.
Markkanen (pelvis) scored 13 points (6-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt) while tacking on four rebounds in 21 minutes during the Bulls' 115-108 loss to the Timberwolves on Wednesday. Markkanen's return was likely a welcome sight for Bulls fans, as Chicago looks to fill the gaping hole created by Zach LaVine's quadriceps injury. After averaging 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds last season, Markkanen had dipped to 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season prior to missing time with the pelvic injury. The productive outing in a limited showing is a positive sign for his rest-of-season outlook, but interested parties shouldn't forget that he's generally disappointed this season.
Markkanen (pelvis) will will return to the starting lineup Wednesday against Minnesota. Markkanen hasn't played since Jan. 22, but he'll make his return to the starting lineup Wednesday after ramping up his activity level in recent days. Markkanen practiced with the Bulls' G League affiliate earlier in the week, and he was able to go through a full practice with the Bulls on Tuesday. Considering the long layoff, Markkanen will face a minutes limit of 18 to 20 minutes Wednesday night.
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