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Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen leaves game with shoulder sprain

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The Chicago Bulls were forced to finish the rest of their game on Friday night against the Orlando Magic without power forward Lauri Markkanen who left the contest with a shoulder sprain.

Markkanen only played 17 minutes and had 13 points on Friday before leaving the game with the injury.

The former first-round pick out of the University of Arizona has played in only 13 games this year after missing a handful due to Health and Safety protocols. He is averaging 19.6 points with 6.2 boards per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field.

The Bulls are 8-13 after losing Friday’s game against Orlando, and the potential absence of Markkanen for an extended period of time would allow more minutes for rookie Patrick Williams.

Chicago is also without Otto Porter Jr. who is dealing with back spasms, and they will be without center Wendall Carter Jr. for at least another few weeks due to a thigh contusion.

Billy Donovan’s first season in Chicago had been derailed with injuries and protocols, but Zach LaVine and Coby White have done their fair share in keeping the Bulls in games.

Thaddeus Young has stepped in for Carter during his absence and has played well. Still, the loss of Markkanen is a massive blow to an already-depleted Bulls squad as they fight to make a run at the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference.