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Lauri Markkanen finally is fully healthy, and he's on a major roll for the Bulls

Lauri Markkanen finally is fully healthy, and he's on a major roll for the Bulls
Published On: Sun, Feb 10
Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Denzel Valentine (Michigan State) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number fourteen overall pick to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Lauri MarkkanenA watches film of his December games, his first back after missing 23 because of a serious right elbow injury, and he cringes.

Not because he remembers being in pain.

a€œI was cutting my shot short a little bit. It wasna€™t hurting. I just did so automatically out of caution,a€ Markkanen said. a€œPlus, therea€™s the rhythm of the game. I played in April and came back in December. Thata€™s a long time.

a€œI dona€™t want it as an excuse. My shot definitely felt a little different and extending was tough for me. That was the last part I got back.a€

Ita€™s back.

Markkanen entered Saturdaya€™s matchup with the Wizards on a tear. The second-yearA Bullsforward had posted three straight 30-point games for the first time in his young career and five double-doubles in his last six games. In his three 30-point games, he shot 58 percent, including 45.5 percent from 3-point range.

a€œIt gives me confidence, for sure,a€ he said. a€œIt reminds me when Ia€™m aggressive, I can do a lot of different stuff.a€

Engaging himself more by rebounding and then bringing up the ball has helped Markkanen find his offensive flow, according to coachA Jim Boylen. The soft-spoken Finn insists he never lost confidence.

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