December 18, 2017, 11:25 pm
The surging Bulls are still undefeated since Nikola Mirotic returned to action after a 117-115 victory on Monday behind Mirotic’s 22 points, 13 rebounds, three triples, a steal and a block.
Mirotic shot 7-of-16 in his 26 minutes off the bench and he’s clearly got the green light here. More importantly, he played the same as starter Lauri Markkanen and vastly outproduced Chicago’s prized rookie. While some of that can be attributed to rust after Markkanen missed time with a back injury, Mirotic has certainly earned a timeshare with the starter. He’s been lights out since returning and finally appears set to deliver on his tantalizing stat set after a few years of frustrating inconsistency.