Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen out 4-to-6 weeks with stress reaction in right pelvis

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 20: Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls is defended by Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a game at Fiserv Forum on January 20, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – It’s been a season of struggle for one of the Bulls’ youngest stars, and some news on Friday might reveal why Lauri Markkanen has been a bit off in the 2019-2020 campaign.

Ahead of their game against the Kings on Friday, the Bulls announced that Lauri Markkanen will be out 4-to-6 weeks with a stress reaction in his right pelvis. This was revealed in an MRI on Thursday at Rush Hospital.

Markkanen had played against the Timberwolves on Wednesday night, scoring 21 points in 34 minutes of play while grabbing six rebounds. It was one of his better games in an inconsistent month of January and the season as a whole.

In his third season with the Bulls, his points per game average has dropped from 18.7 a season ago to just 15, with his rebounds also dipping from nine last year to just 6.5 this season. Head coach Jim Boylen hinted at an oblique injury that was bugging Markkanen back in November though he never had an extended stretch out of the lineup.

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