Bulls coach Jim Boylen looking for different dynamic to incorporate struggling Kris Dunn
Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn is in line to return to the starting lineup as soon as he feels relieved of his migraine symptoms after missing Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. However, head coach Jim Boylen will look to tinker with his minutes and incorporate him as the primary facilitator on the second unit.
Boylen recently has stressed a more “share the wealth” system with Zach LaVine doing much of the ball handling as an improved playmaker.
LaVine’s emergence into a combo guard has dragged Dunn’s value through the mud, as the 6-foot-4 point guard has failed to reach double figures in points in five of the last seven games, shooting a horrid 39.4 percent from the floor in February.
Boylen is hoping that playing Dunn along with the second unit will get him going, and that partnering with Cristiano Felicio could help both struggling players:
“It gives us a different dynamic with (Cristiano) Felicio being a forceful roller and Kris creating out of pick-and-roll,” Boylen explained, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune. “I think there’s a place for that.”
The Bulls have won three of their last four games, but the recent change of style has caused Dunn to lose minutes, dipping under 30 per game in his last two games, while making it all the more tough to generate offense.
Dunn had grown used to handling the ball and playing at a faster pace under Fred Hoiberg, but his stint under Boylen threw a wrench into that plan. Once he grew comfortable with it, Boylen made yet another adjustment, now also costing Dunn his groove and potentially his job heading into next season.