Bulls lose Finnish forward Markkanen for 4 to 6 weeks

NEW YORK, USA – Chicago Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen will be sidelined at least 4 to 6 weeks with a right pelvis injury, the NBA team announced Friday, January 24.

The 22-year-old Finnish seven-footer underwent an MRI exam on his right hip on Thursday that revealed an early stress reaction in his pelvis.

Markkanen, the seventh pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, will be rested before resuming basketball activity with a full return expected between February 21 and March 6.

He is averaging 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in 46 starts for the Bulls, who at 17-29 rank 10th in the Eastern Conference – 2 1/2 games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the final playoff spot.

In two prior seasons with the Bulls, Markkanen has averaged 16.7 points and 8.2 rebounds a game.

His 35-point performance against the Charlotte Hornets in a season-opening loss was the highest-scoring effort for the Bulls in a season opener since Michael Jordan in 1995. – Rappler.com