CHICAGO — Bulls level guard Kris Dunn will play tonight towards the Toronto Raptors after lacking the final 11 video games due to concussion-like signs.
“I will go on the market and play a pair minutes,” Dunn stated after Wednesday’s follow. “See how my physique’s feeling.”
Dunn suffered a concussion and cracked tooth after touchdown on his face after ending a dunk in a Jan. 17 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg famous that Dunn would begin Wednesday’s sport, however would solely play about 20 minutes and sure would not play within the fourth quarter.
“The plan for Kris tonight is fairly just like what we did with Zach [LaVine] when he first bought again within the lineup,” Hoiberg stated. “Clearly with Kris Dunn we’re not coping with a gentle tissue damage like we had been with Zach, so it is going to be slightly bit totally different in that regard. I think about he’ll get fairly winded, particularly when he is on the market early within the sport. We are going to begin him tonight, then we simply want to watch him, see how he is doing.”
So long as Dunn comes out of Wednesday’s sport feeling good, he’s anticipated to play in Friday night time’s Rising Stars Problem at All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. Hoiberg acknowledged that Dunn may even have a minutes restriction within the exhibition sport.
“He cannot go on the market in that sport and play 30-plus minutes. However on the similar time, I am excited for him, I am excited for Lauri to exit and expertise that weekend. It is hopefully one thing that they will exit and revel in themselves. Have some enjoyable, decompress slightly bit, however Kris I am [going to tell him] if anyone’s on a breakaway let’s not dash again, let’s simply keep at halfcourt and attempt to get a dunk in.”
Hoiberg says Dunn has labored by way of the soreness section of practising having gone by way of just a few exercises with the Bulls’ G-League affiliate. The third-year coach can be wanting ahead to seeing Dunn, LaVine and rookie Lauri Markkanen on the ground collectively. The trio has solely performed three video games collectively this season.
For his half, Dunn is worked up about having the possibility to take his household out to Los Angeles for the All-Star festivities.
“[My sister] needs to see all of the celebrities,” Dunn stated. “Lil Uzi, Kanye West, the Kardashians, all of the stuff you see on the TV. So hopefully they get to see them. I instructed her when you see them go get that image one way or the other. Now if anyone places their arms on you, I bought you.”