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Lauri Markkanen scored 13 points (5-of-16 FG, 2-of-2 FT) with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes Monday against the Kings.

Shooting 39.4% from three entering Monday's action, Markkanen struggled with his perimeter shot against the Kings. The second-year forward out of Arizona made just one of his eight attempts from beyond the arc, and he's had his issues with the Kings front court since entering the NBA. In his lone outing against the Kings last season, Markkanen scored 13 points (5-of-13 FG) and grabbed five rebounds in 28 minutes.
Dec 10 - 11:38 PM

Zach LaVine scored 19 points (7-of-13 FG, 2-of-2 FT) with two rebounds, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes Monday against the Kings.

After playing just 19 minutes in Saturday's 56-point loss to the Celtics, LaVine was much closer to his average for the season (35.2 mpg) Monday night. While he did shoot the ball well, including a 3-of-5 night from beyond the arc, LaVine did finish with a team-high six turnovers on the night. Over his last five games the UCLA product is averaging nearly as many turnovers (4.4) as assists (4.6 apg).
Dec 10 - 11:27 PM

Kris Dunn (knee) scored nine points (3-of-5 FG, 3-of-3 FT) with six assists and three rebounds in 20 minutes Monday against the Kings.

Making his first appearance since October 22, Dunn was placed on a minutes restriction of 20-24 minutes for Monday's game. Despite that minutes restriction the Providence product managed to lead the team in assists, with no other Bulls player having more than three (Ryan Arcidiacono). Dunn and the Bulls, who have lost nine of their last ten games, begin a three-game road trip Thursday in Orlando.
Dec 10 - 11:18 PM

Bobby Portis (knee) scored nine points (3-of-8 FG, 2-of-2 FT) with eight rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes Monday against the Kings.

Portis and teammate Kris Dunn, both returning to the lineup after missing time due to knee injuries, were both on a minutes restriction of 20-24 minutes. The Arkansas product didn't reach the 20-minute mark but he was effective while on the court, finishing one point and two rebounds shy of a double-double. Given his effort level and willingness to defend, Portis won't have a hard time finding minutes as he shakes off the rust.
Dec 10 - 11:10 PM

Kris Dunn (knee) and Bobby Portis (knee) will be limited to 20-24 minutes on Monday vs. the Kings.

We were told this morning that both players would be active, but we didn't have specifics on their minutes until now. The Bulls are coming off their worst loss in franchise history, but having Dunn and Portis back should give them a huge lift.
Dec 10 - 6:21 PM

Antonio Blakeney has been assigned to the G-League.

He was recently moved out of the rotation and things are even more complicated now that Kris Dunn (knee) is back.
Dec 10 - 2:22 PM

Bobby Portis (knee) and Kris Dunn (knee) will play on Monday vs. the Kings.

We haven't seen Portis since Oct. 24, and a lot has obviously changed since then. The Bulls are reeling and are in need of a spark, so maybe Portis can provide that off the bench. If he can find the form he had before the injury, Portis should take minutes away from Jabari Parker and could be worth deploying in standard leagues sooner rather than later.
Dec 10 - 1:14 PM

Kris Dunn (sprained left MCL) will make his return on Monday vs. the Kings.

While we don't know what his restrictions are, we do know that Dunn will come off the bench tonight. He'll eventually take over as the starter once he gets his legs under him, and he offers some serious upside in counting stats with volatile efficiency. With top 50-75 potential, Dunn can be activated everywhere. Cameron Payne could be knocked out of the rotation completely.
Dec 10 - 1:12 PM

After Jim Boylen benched his entire starting lineup for the final 21 minutes of Saturday's game, the Chicago players reportedly debating ditching Sunday's practice.

The Bulls' players setup a group chat and seriously debated skipping Sunday's practice, but ultimately, they decided to show up for a player's only meeting; which the coaching staff eventually joined. There were reportedly "two or three" players advocating to ditch practice, but the veterans were adament about not taking that course of action. Boylen reportedly met the issues presented head on, and used the meeting as an opportunity to try and build trust with his guys. This is fine.
Dec 9 - 5:51 PM

Lauri Markkanen scored eight points (3-of-10 FGs) with four rebounds, one assist, and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Celtics on Saturday.

The good news is that Markkanen played after taking some contact to his previously injured right elbow last game. The bad news is the Bulls suffered their worst loss in franchise history. Coach Jim Boylen was not happy with the starting unit and subbed all five out, hockey-style, multiple times. "You deserve it if you don’t play hard," Markkanen said of the five-man line change after the game. There's no need to worry about his fantasy value, though.
Dec 8 - 11:40 PM

Jabari Parker scored eight points (3-of-7 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with three rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes against the Celtics on Saturday.

Bobby Portis (knee) hopes to return on Monday, which will eat into Parker's playing time. It remains to be seen how much Parker will be used at the four with the Bulls frontcourt finally healthy, but his outlook is definitely trending down.
Dec 8 - 11:35 PM

Zach LaVine scored 11 points (4-of-6 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with three rebounds and two assists in a season-low 19 minutes against the Celtics on Saturday.

LaVine and the Bulls were blown out of the water by the Celtics for the worst loss in franchise history. Coach Jim Boylen yanked the entire starting unit from the game multiple times. "It sucks sitting there and watching. You know you can help. Sometimes, you don't feel like you do anything wrong," LaVine said. "We got blitzed to come out. Obviously, [Boylen] didn't like that. That happens in the NBA sometimes. We responded in the second quarter." There's no reason for fantasy owners to panic with LaVine.
Dec 8 - 11:28 PM

Bobby Portis (knee) will not play Saturday against the Celtics.

He was questionable for this game, so it sounds like this will be his last game out since his knee injury back on Oct. 24. Jabari Parker and Lauri Markkanen should hold down the PF minutes while Wendell Carter Jr. has some extra run for a little while longer. Markkanen and WCJ owners shouldn't worry, but Parker should trend down upon Portis' return.
Dec 8 - 6:28 PM

Antonio Blakeney (illness) is questionable to play against the Celtics on Saturday.

He was out of the rotation on Friday with the Bulls having more wing depth as they get healthy again. Blakeney can be dropped in most leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 8 - 5:41 PM

Bobby Portis (sprained right MCL) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. Boston.

Portis was listed as doubtful for the first time on Friday before being ruled out and has now drawn a "questionable' tag. Even if he does not play Saturday, it looks like he will be back in action by early next week, assuming he does not suffer a setback.
Dec 8 - 2:20 PM


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