Chicago Bulls fans will finally have a chance to see their talented young backcourt, as Kris Dunn is set to return after an 11-game absence.
Dunn had been absent with a concussion suffered following a dunk, and his systems persisted until recently. According to head coach Fred Hoiberg, the Bulls will slowly work Dunn back into the rotation. At some point, the team will pair Dunn and Zach LaVine together as the starting guards.
"The plan for Kris tonight is pretty similar to what we did with Zach [LaVine] when he first got back in the lineup," Hoiberg told reporters. “We will start him (against the Toronto Raptors), then we just need to monitor him, see how he's doing."
If Dunn experiences no setbacks in his recovery, he is still on pace to compete in the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars challenge. The event will take place Friday night in Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m. ET.
Not only will Chicago’s backcourt be intact, the guards will team with rookie phenom Lauri Markkanen. The lengthy forward has excelled in his first year. All three players were part of the deal that sent Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Although the trade seemed lopsided at the time, the young Bulls have shown a number of flashes–making the trade more even than originally anticipated.
Thus far, Dunn has averaged 13.7 PPG, 6.4 APG, and 4.6 RPG for the Bulls. At 6-foot-4, the point guard has used his wingspan to be effective on the defensive end, as well.
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