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Lauri Markkanen Will Likely Play vs. Rockets

Markkanen has missed 23 games due to an elbow injury

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    Lauri Markkanen Will Likely Play vs. Rockets
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    Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls looks to pass against Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat at the United Center on January 15, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Heat 199-111. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    It appears that the Chicago Bulls will finally get one of their best players back on Saturday night, as forward Lauri Markkanen is expected to make his season debut against the Houston Rockets.

    Markkanen, who had missed the Bulls’ first 23 games due to an elbow injury, was originally projected to come back next week, but the team made the surprise announcement Saturday that he would be in the lineup against the Rockets if all goes well in pregame warm-ups.

    Markkanen took the NBA by storm in his rookie season, averaging 15.2 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Bulls in 68 games.

    The 5-18 Bulls will hope that Markkanen can help turn things around, as they’ve had a rough run of late in losing nine of their last 10 games.