Markkanen (back) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Cavaliers, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The rookie will miss a third straight game as the result of back spasms. The Bulls will also be without Kris Dunn (toe), while both Zach LaVine and Noah Vonleh are listed as questionable. Consider Markkanen day-to-day in advance of Monday's date with the Knicks.
Updating a previous note, Markkanen (back) will not join the team in Memphis for Thursday's game against the Grizzlies, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Earlier Wednesday, the Bulls intimated that Markkanen was making progress after back spasms kept him out of Tuesday's game, but the team has since clarified that the rookie will miss a second consecutive game. Noah Vonleh started in his place Tuesday, and that will likely be the case again Thursday.
Markkanen (back) is considered day-to-day in advance of Thursday's matchup with the Grizzlies, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The rookie was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to back spasms, but the Bulls have downplayed the issue and it sounds as though Markkanen will have a decent chance to get back on the floor Thursday. Look for a more definitive update at shootaround in the morning.
Markkanen has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the Clippers.
The Bulls initially announced Markkanen as the start at his usual power forward spot, but he's since been scratched with spasms in his lower-back. Noah Vonleh will get the start at the four, while Markkanen should be considered day-to-day in advance of Thursday's game against Memphis.
Markkanen contributed 19 points (6-13 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), eight rebounds, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in Sunday's 129-122 victory over the Hawks.
It was nice to see Markkanen rebound from a disappointing shooting night last time out against the Pistons, but he still struggled from three-point range Sunday. The young emerging star has not played to the level he did in the first half of the year, but he is still a solid scorer who can snatch rebounds at a consistent rate.
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