After Chicago fell to Toronto Tuesday night 112-103 all members of the Bulls were aboard the plane to leave that night, all except for Lauri Markkanen.
The 21-year-old stayed in Toronto that night due to a rapid heart rate which would keep him out the following game against Portland. Markkanen finished the game with 10 points and 9 rebounds on 2-10 shooting in 16 minutes. It was clear that there was something by wrong.
In the release, Bulls said Markkanen already has undergone series of tests for rapid heart rate and all checked out normal but that additional testing will occur over next 10-14 days. One likely scenario will be Markkanen wearing a heart monitor during supervised workout.
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Lauri Markkanen realized a problem in the 4 OT thriller against the Atlanta Hawks on March 1st.
“I felt a little weird. I don’t know what it was. I wouldn’t say I had the flu, but something was bothering me in the first half. I kinda felt my heart rate getting up real quick. I’m exhausted. You gotta fight through it.”
I admire his willingness to push through for the franchise but he also needs to realize that he’s a cornerstone piece to this team. His health is essential to the growth and success of this organization.
With this recent discovery, the Bulls ultimately decided to shut down the 2nd year pro for the remainder of the season.
The Bulls just can’t seem to avoid the injury bug since Derrick Rose‘s injury.
Markkanen will finish his sophomore season averaging 18.7 points 9 rebounds 1.4 assists on 43 percent shooting and 36.1 percent from three in 52 games.
Boylen said Markkanen expressed desire to play Wednesday against the Portland Trailblazers and planned an individual workout on his day off meaning he’s upbeat about his initial results.
It’s not as concerning as it was initially but I love the Bulls approach by being very cautious and realizing it’s pointless to risk any serious problems from Lauri.
Markkanen showed improvement in year two making all the strides I envisioned. His February stretch was incredible, proving that he has all the tools to be a star in the league.
Maybe now Sports Illustrated will give Markkanen the credit he deserves.
The Bulls have a young excited core moving forward, now all they need to do is secure a top three pick, which has become increasingly easier with Lauri out, and somehow manage these players to prevent so many injuries.
I understand that injuries are a freak deal, it’s just that this Bulls organization has coincidentally been one of the most injury-plagued franchises in the past 10 years.
Nonetheless, the Bulls organization finally made the correct move by saving Markkanen and year three looks bright for the Finnisher.
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