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Kris Dunn gets nod to start as Justin Holiday takes paternity leave

Kris Dunn

Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg is leaning towards starting a tandem of Kris Dunn and Jerian Grant on the backcourt, as shooting guard Justin Holiday takes a paternity leave with the birth of his first child prior to Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell.

Dunn has shown major promise over the last few weeks and most seem to think it’s only a matter of time before he takes over for Grant, who has struggled from the field since the start of the season.

The Providence point guard has recorded 12 steals over the last four games, showing the elite-caliber skills at the defensive end that scouts saw when he was coming out of college for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Dunn has been slow to develop, but he is slowly getting acquainted to Hoiberg’s system, which should prove a rather easy fit as an up-and-down player. This can likely prove a key showing for Dunn, as Hoiberg makes his decision on who to give the keys to the point guard position. He’s scored in double figures in five of his last six outings.

The Bulls will lose one of their key outside shooters in Holiday, but will gain another back as Lauri Markkanen expects to play tomorrow, having recovered from his ankle injury.