• Lauri Markkanen didn’t hit a triple in Monday’s loss but did post a solid line of 14 points, 17 rebounds, one steal and two blocks on 5-of-12 shooting.

    It’s a little surprising that Markkanen took just 12 shots in 40 minutes but it was a new career-high in boards, so there was still plenty to like. The rookie has really surpassed expectations this season and should have even more room to operate if Chicago moves one of their depth power forwards ahead of next month’s trade deadline. While his real-life exploits are being somewhat overshadowed in what’s been a big year for rookies, his fantasy owners know exactly how effective the big Finn can be. Keep Markkanen locked into all lineups going forward.

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