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Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen reveals the challenges of being consistent in the NBA

Lauri Markkanen

Chicago Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen admits you have to be “mentally tough” to perform at a high-level every night in the NBA.

After having a dominant February which saw him average 26.0 points and 12.2 rebounds, Markkanen is putting up just 17.4 points and 8.8 rebounds in March and shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from the 3-point line.

“You play a lot of games in this league so it’s tough to be consistent,” Markkanen said, via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “You’ve got to be mentally tough to do that.’

“I mean my confidence is up there and obviously I have a long way to go. I was playing better in February and thinking that I can play like that in the future too, just [more] consistently. I’ve got a ways to go, but my confidence is definitely way up there to be one of those.’’

In 50 games this season for the Bulls, Lauri Markkanen has been great. He’s averaging 18.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 43.7 percent from the floor, 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 87.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Markkanen has 19 double-doubles on the season.

The Bulls are hoping Lauri can finish the season strong and enter the offseason on a high note.