Kris Dunn ruled out for Knicks game
Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn could be out for little more time, as Bulls radio announcer Chuck Swirsky is reporting that the second-year court general has run into another obstacle in his road back to full recovery from a toe injury.
Kris Dunn has had a setback with his toe. In a boot. Day to day . According to Coach Hoiberg
— chuck swirsky (@ctsbulls) March 19, 2018
Dunn was also among the three Bulls players that did not travel with the team to New York, essentially ruling them out for Chicago’s date with the New York Knicks, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Bulls flew to NY. LaVine, Dunn and Markkanen didn’t. Vonleh did but is questionable.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 18, 2018
Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn are all OUT for tonight’s game.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 17, 2018
Dunn sustained the injury during Chicago’s 111-110 road win against the Memphis Grizzlies last Tuesday in which he exited the game after recording six points, four assists, two rebounds, two steals, and two turnovers in 25 minutes of action. Dunn injured his toe late in the game, and it was originally thought that the Bulls were merely practicing extra caution in not letting him back to the court, but it was later revealed that it’s serious enough to hold the former Providence Friar out for at least two games.
While X-rays of Dunn’s toe came back negative, he was declared out for last Saturday’s meeting at home with the Cleveland Cavaliers and again this Monday versus the Knicks in Manhattan.
Of course, the Bulls are not pressed to bring Kris Dunn back. They are going nowhere outside of the lottery, so if anything, this setback for Dunn could actually help better their chances of landing the coveted No. 1 pick in the upcoming 2018 NBA Draft.
On the season, Dunn is averaging 13.4 points, 6.0 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game. With Dunn out, look for the pair of Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne to share most of the backcourt duties against the Knicks. Payne started for the Bulls against the Cavs, scoring 13 points and dishing out 10 assists in a 114-109 loss to the defending Eastern Conference champs.