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Jim Boylen gives Bulls rookie Chandler Hutchison a lot of credit for playing through injury

Jim Boylen Chandler Hutchison

Chicago Bulls rookie wing Chandler Hutchison will be out for the next two-to-four weeks due to a right toe fracture he suffered during the Bulls’ loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

Hutchison proceeded to play through the injury in a defeat against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, logging a season-high 41 minutes en route to posting 12 points, 12 rebounds and two assists while making five of his 15 field-goal attempts.

Now, whether or not that was a good idea on Hutchison’s part is a separate issue, but Bulls head coach Jim Boylen commended the first-year player for his toughness:

“This guy wants to play, man,” said Boylen, according to Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score. “He’s a starter in the NBA. It’s his dream. Obviously, he could function with it. I give him credit for the toughness to fight through.”

Hutchison, who played his collegiate basketball at Boise State University, was selected by Chicago in the first round (22nd pick overall) of the NBA Draft back in June.

On the season overall, the 22-year-old is averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds over 20.3 minutes per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the floor, 28 percent from three-point range and 60.5 percent from the free-throw line. He has started 14 of the 44 contests in which he has played.

Hutchison played four years at Boise State, capping off his collegiate tenure by registering 20 points, 7.7 boards, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals across 31 minutes a night while making 47.5 percent of his shots, 35.9 percent of his long-distance tries and 72.8 percent of his free throws during his senior year.