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Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen tweaks ankle at end of EuroBasket game, reportedly not serious

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Finland’s Lauri Markkanen, foreground, controls the ball past Slovenia’s Anthony Radolph, during the Eurobasket European Basketball Championship Group A match between Finland and Slovenia in Helsinki, Finland, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)


The Bulls have bet big on Lauri Markkanen — they used the No. 7 pick in the last draft, the pick they got for trading Jimmy Butler, on the big man from Finland who can shoot the three. They did that while Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, and Malik Monk were still on the board.

Markkanen struggled with his shot (29.3 percent) and looked like a guy who needed to get a lot stronger and adjust to the NBA style of game at Summer League. However, back playing for Finland at EuroBasket he has impressed — 23 points per game on 64.3 percent shooting overall and 62 percent from three, including a clutch late shot against France to help Finland to an upset win.

So when Finland needed a bucket to tie the game and force OT on Saturday, Markkanen got the call. Then this happened.

It looks bad, but it was not that serious, reports Vincent Goodwill of

That’s good news for Bulls fans. Markkanen showing progress throughout this coming NBA season may be one of the few bright spots for Chicago in what will be a rough transition.