Markkanen finished with 23 points (9-18 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 37 minutes during Saturday's 98-93 victory over the Spurs.
Markkanen has his third game of at least 20 points since returning from injury, finishing with 23 points including three triples. Perhaps the most positive aspect of his game so far has been his improvement on the defensive end. In his seven games since returning he has a combined 10 steals and six blocks. These are certainly not mind-blowing but are a big step in the right direction.
The young big's funk continued Thursday, with Markkanen coming up empty on four attempts from in front of the arc and posting his second single-digit point tally in the last three games. The 21-year-old has been solid but not especially productive on the rebounding front either, as he's brought down between four and six boards in his last three. Markkanen certainly has the talent to bounce back from any scoring downturns, but the recent return to health of Bobby Portis could eventually threaten Markkanen's minutes if he doesn't keep his overall production at a strong level.
Markkanen managed 13 points (5-16 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 29 minutes during Monday's 108-89 loss to the Kings.
Markkanen couldn't find a rhythm, finishing with more field-goal attempts than points for the fourth time in five appearances this season. Markkanen has scored 20-plus points twice already while notching a double-double as well, so he hasn't been all bad. However, he hasn't been great from an efficiency standpoint.
Markkanen had 24 points (8-12 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven rebounds, three steals, two assists, and one block in 28 minutes during Friday's 114-112 victory over Oklahoma City.
Markkanen hit the game-winning shot with four seconds remaining, helping the Bulls to an impressive victory over the Thunder. It marked a season-high in scoring for Markkanen who also added a combined four defensive stats. He has now recorded six steals and three blocks across his three games since returning from an elbow injury, in what is certainly a positive sign for his owners. If Markkanen can maintain some sort of defensive production, his overall value is likely to greatly improve.
Markkanen totaled 21 points (8-24 FG, 5-13 3Pt), 10 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block across 32 minutes in Tuesday's 96-90 loss to the Pacers.
Markkanen was supposed to play between 24 and 28 minutes Tuesday night, but clearly he felt and played just fine for the Bulls to leave him out there a little longer. He led the team in points in just his second game back from injury and should continue to be an offensive weapon going forward as he heals further.
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