Bulls F Markkanen returns from back spasms

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 19, 2017 07:57 AM
Bulls F Markkanen returns from back spasms
Lauri Markkanen NBA file photo

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie forward Lauri Markkanen is back in the lineup for the Chicago Bulls after he missed three consecutive games with back spasms.

Coach Fred Hoiberg says Markkanen will start Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) against Philadelphia. The move returns Nikola Mirotic to a reserve role after he scored 22 points in Chicago’s fifth straight win, a 115-109 victory at Milwaukee on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

The seven-foot Markkanen was selected by Minnesota with the seventh overall pick in the June draft and then traded to Chicago in the Jimmy Butler deal. Markkanen is averaging 14.7 points and 8.1 rebounds heading into the matchup with the 76ers.

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