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Bulls coach Jim Boylen happy with Kris Dunn as starting point guard

Kris Dunn, Jim Boylen, Bulls

Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen is more than pleased with Kris Dunn as his starting point guard.

Dunn was sidelined through most part of the early season due to a knee injury. Once he became healthy and when Boylen was named coach, the 24-year-old experienced a spike in his minutes, eventually becoming the Bulls’ starting point guard again after a few games off the bench.

Boylen expressed his satisfaction with Dunn, noting that he watches a lot of film with him. For Boylen, his job is to push his players to reach their potential.

“I am happy with him,’’ Jim Boylen said of Kris Dunn, per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “You know I always want more from everybody. I’ve said it before – my job is to push a guy to a place he can’t take himself, so he’s one of those guys I’m pushing every day. We watch film together and talk about situations. Try and ask him what he’s thinking, ‘What were you thinking here? What did you feel there? What did you think your options were there?’ That’s just kind of how we do it, and hopefully through that process he can grow.

Boylen added it is a big asset that Dunn has fully recovered from his knee injury. In his third season, Dunn entered play Wednesday averaging 13.5 points per game, 6.2 assists, and 5.0 rebounds — all of which are career highs. Given his close relationship with the head coach, we can expect these numbers to improve as he plays more games.

Hopefully, Dunn’s improvement will extend to his team’s success, but the Bulls suffered through an ugly 112-84 loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Chicago is 10-28.