December 17, 2017, 1:07 pm
Lauri Markkanen will be a partial participant in Sunday’s practice and the team will determine his status for Monday’s game sometime tomorrow, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Markkanen can’t shake a nagging back injury and has come very close to playing a couple times before being hit with a late scratch. His absence has allowed Nikola Mirotic to run wild and it’ll be interesting to see how the minutes shake out when Markkanen returns. Our bet is on the rookie keeping the starting gig but Mirotic chipping away at his minutes. Bobby Portis also had a huge line in the last game, though he’s a much more fleeting part of this conversation.