Elbow injury sidelines Bulls' Markkanen longer than expected

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 13, 2018 08:50 AM
Elbow injury sidelines Bulls' Markkanen longer than expected
FILE - CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 7: Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls dunks the ball during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 7, 2018 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls expect forward Lauri Markkanen to miss more time than they initially anticipated because of a left elbow injury he suffered in the preseason.

Coach Fred Hoiberg says Markkanen will likely wind up missing nine to 11 weeks. The Bulls initially thought he would be out six to eight weeks after he was hurt in practice in late September.

Hoiberg says Markkanen still is experiencing some pain and is not shooting from long range. Speaking prior to the game against Dallas on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), he says the Bulls "need to make sure" Markkanen is 100 percent.

Guard Kris Dunn (sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee) has not started running on the court. He was hurt at Dallas on Oct. 22 (Oct. 23, PHL time).

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