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Bulls closed Markkanen during further tests



CHICAGO – The Bulls announced Wednesday that season of striker Lauri Markkanen is over due to precautionary reasons, while he undergoes additional medical tests over the next 10 to 14 days to determine why he is in during the Tuesday loss in Toronto sustained rapid heart rate and fatigue

The cops say tests to identify the cause of the problem have become normal.

"The long-term health of our players has always been the highest priority of our organization," said John Paxson, vice president of basketball operations of Bulls, in a statement. "We will continue to monitor Lauri's condition and work with our doctors and physicians to provide him with everything he may need."

The 7-foot striker from Finland had an average of 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in his second season.

"Obviously we are disappointed for Lauri and for us We hope he will be fine," said coach Jim Boylen.

Markkanen was judged in the training room by the Bulls' medical staff and the Toronto team doctor after failing in the first half of Tuesday's 112-103 defeat. After the game, he went through further tests in a hospital and stayed in Toronto overnight.

Last Wednesday, Boylen said Markkanen had been asked in his office to ask for a check-up by doctors in Chicago.

Markkanen's setback is the youngest in a long line for the bulls this season.

Leading scorer Zach LaVine (injured right thigh, right knee tendinitis), Otto Porter Jr. (tense right rotator cuff) and Kris Dunn (behind) sat between 118 and 98 loss to Portland on Wednesday. In addition, Wendell Carter Jr., Chandler Hutchison and Denzel Valentine recover from injuries that ended in the season.

This report uses information from The Associated Press.


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