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Bulls shut down Markkanen amid additional tests



CHICAGO – The Bulls announced Wednesday night that Lauri Markkanen's season is over for precautionary measures while undergoing additional medical testing over the next 10 to 14 days to determine why he suffered a rapid heart rate and fatigue during Tuesday's loss at Toronto

"The long-term health of our players is always our top priority," said Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations, John Paxson. "We will continue to monitor Lauri's condition and work with our medical staff and doctors to provide him with everything he may need."

The 7-foot forward from Finland has averaged 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in its second season

"Obviously, we are disappointed for Lauri, and for us. we're hopeful that he'll be fine, "coach Jim Boylen said.

Markkanen was evaluated in the training room by Bulls' medical staff and Toronto's team physician after exiting in the first half of Tuesday's 112-103 loss .

Earlier Wednesday, Boylen said Markkanen was in his office asking to play against Portland following an examination by doctors in Chicago

Markkanen's setback is the latest

Leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis), Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) and Kris Dunn (back) also sat out Wednesday's 118-98 loss to Portland. In addition, Wendell Carter Jr., Chandler Hutchison and Denzel Valentine are recuperating from season-ending injuries.

Information from The Associated Press


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