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back spasms sideline bulls' lauri markkanen against celtics


as monday morning’s shootaround wound down, lauri markkanen showed off soccer skills his professionally playing brother might’ve enjoyed, juggling a ball with his feet several times before burying a 3-pointer.by monday night, markkanen had landed on the inactive list for the first time since missing the first three exhibition games. in both instances, back spasms sidelined the rookie forward.markkanen also experienced back issues while playing for the finnish national team in the eurobasket tournament over the summer, though he missed no games. coach fred hoiberg downplayed any long-term concerns, citing how markkanen participated in the shootaround. but three flare-ups in such a short span isn’t ideal.“he got over it very quickly (in both previous cases),” hoiberg said.markkanen, 20, said






rookie forward lauri markkanen ready to make exhibition debut for bulls


for three exhibition games, lauri markkanen has sat and watched."bored isn't the right word," markkanen said of the experience. "but it's not fun."sunday is when the fun is scheduled to start for the rookie. markkanen practiced for the third straight day saturday and has been cleared, barring an unexpected sunday setback, to make his preseason debut against the pelicans after overcoming back spasms."i'm confident," markkanen said. "if i get out there, it's the first game so i'm trying to do everything i can. i'm not too worried about it. i'm just looking forward to playing. it sucks to sit out."markkanen has watched the bulls' offense launch 98 3-pointers in just three games. that's why it hasn't been fun."i feel i fit in well," he said. "it's a good system for us. i can shoot the ball. it






bulls fall to pelicans 108-95 as lauri markkanen unimpressive in preseason debut


bulls fans should know this about lauri markkanen: he's not shy.it took the finnish "freshman" all of 11 seconds to launch his first 3-pointer sunday night. it came up short."we want him aggressive," coach fred hoiberg said. "when he's open, we want him shooting the ball."markkanen, after missing the bulls' first three preseason games because of back spasms, had an unimpressive exhibition debut.he shot 1-for-9 and missed all six 3-pointers in 15 minutes, grabbing three rebounds and committing three fouls in the bulls' 108-95 loss to the pelicans at the united center."didn't go the way we wanted to, but it felt good to be out there," markkanen said. "i'm not lacking in confidence. the shots weren't falling, but i'm not worried."chicago native anthony davis scored 37 points for the pelicans,






bulls trade jimmy butler, no. 16 pick to timberwolves for zach lavine, kris dunn


the third time proved the charm.after having serious talks with the celtics last june and then several conversations at the february trade deadline, the bulls took a deep breath and traded jimmy butler to the timberwolves on thursday night.the blockbuster move, which netted the bulls zach lavine, kris dunn and the seventh overall pick in exchange for butler and no. 16, tries to steer the franchise toward the younger and more athletic course management has touted since last june's trade of derrick rose to the knicks.with the no. 7 pick, the timberwolves selected 7-foot arizona forward lauri markkanen on behalf of the bulls.the trade also means the bulls won't pay butler, a three-time all-star and all-nba player, a designated-player exception of five years and $200-plus million beginning in






bulls will work to find ways to get rookie lauri markkanen more shots


two days after lauri markkanen took a season-low seven shots, fred hoiberg fielded several questions about how to increase that number. after one, the bulls coach cracked wise about whether he has specific spots on the floor where he wants markkanen to get the ball."yeah, there are specific spots — all of them," hoiberg said.the point is markkanen has proved the ability to score. he's averaging 15.6 points while shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point range.both markkanen and the bulls are walking a fine line. the first-round acquisition must balance playing aggressively while sometimes deferring to more experienced teammates. and the bulls are trying to navigate giving markkanen the responsibility he clearly can handle without playing or burdening him too much.he is, after all, 20 years old an






lauri markkanen is mitch trubisky. mitch trubisky is lauri markkanen.


lauri markkanen is finnish for mitch trubisky.that’s my mnemonic for basketball season. it can be yours, too. i’m a pleaser, not a teaser. that’s the template i’m flopping over to the court to justify my viewing experience and not risk the urge to dunk my head in a bucket of battery acid.it’s all about markkanen and trubisky this season. both players, both teams, all about the rookies.they’re young. they represent the future. they’re the only hope or the most important player on their rosters, or both.it’s all about their progress. it’s all about their ability to adapt to the pro level. it’s all about the bears and the bulls following their shiny new first-round picks out of the muck of bad management, bad player evaluation and bad coaching.nine games into the bulls season and eight games






lauri markkanen's big 3, double-double help bulls top hawks 91-86 for 1st win


what's finnish for dagger?despite enduring a rough shooting night, lauri markkanen buried a huge 3-pointer with 48.5 seconds left as the bulls avoided their first 0-4 start since 2007-08 with a 91-86 victory over the hawks."to step up and knock down that shot is a great sign for a young player," coach fred hoiberg said. "lauri was reading the way the defender was guarding him. he was coming up on the inside so lauri slipped out of it. it was a great read on his part. not only did he have the shot but he had driving lanes. when you can play through a 20-year-old kid, it’s pretty impressive."the bulls placed six scorers in double figures. that included david nwaba's first career double-double and 11 points from denzel valentine in his first nba start as paul zipser sat with a knee contusion.






timberwolves take markkanen with no. 7 pick for bulls


chicago — the timberwolves have drafted arizona's lauri markkanen with the no. 7 overall pick for the chicago bulls after the two teams agreed to a blockbuster deal that sends three-time all-star jimmy butler to minnesota.two people with knowledge of the situation say the bulls are sending butler and the no. 16 pick for zach lavine, kris dunn and the seventh pick.the 7-foot markkanen gives the bulls a shooter they lacked last season. he averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point range in his lone season at arizona.the bulls made the playoffs with 41 wins after missing out the previous year. but they now have a decidedly different look.






bulls top draft pick lauri markkanen signs, ready for saturday's summer league o


the signings of first-round picks typically are formalities because draft selection slots their rookie-scale contracts.but there's little routine about wednesday's official signing of lauri markkanen given that the no. 7 overall pick represents the first lottery selection of the bulls' full rebuild after the jimmy butler trade.markkanen will make his bulls debut saturday in the summer-league opener against the mavericks in las vegas. the bulls are defending summer league champions and among those teaming up with markkanen are kris dunn, denzel valentine, paul zipser and cameron payne."i know there's work to do, like always," markkanen said at his introductory news conference. "i'm the type of person who's going to be in the gym. i'm going to work on (defense). i know i'm going to get bette






minnesota timberwolves choose lauri markkanen with no. 7 selection


7. minnesota timberwolves: lauri markkanen, arizona, pf, 7-0, 225the 7-foot finnish sniper has one of the most intriguing skill sets in the lottery. markkanen was one of the most efficient offensive players in the nation, averaging 15.6 points and shooting 42% from trey while also showing flashes of playmaking ability off the bounce.at just 19, he still needs to develop into a more physical inside enforcer but he has the athleticism and footwork to be effective on defense, especially in the switch-heavy defensive schemes that are trending across the nba.-- tyler flint-welshreaction: the bulls are expected to acquire the draft rights to markkanen, who shot 42.3% from three-point range, by sending all-star jimmy butler to minnesota.-- broderick turner






lauri markkanen sets nba record as bulls lead cavaliers 68-65 at halftime


as the game's most dominant physical presence, lebron james owns the ball at the most crucial times.with derrick rose sidelined with a sprained left ankle, isaiah thomas still nursing his injured hip and jose calderon struggling last game, the cavaliers just made it official on tuesday.james started at point guard against the bulls."it puts you in a tough position," coach fred hoiberg said. "well, really anytime lebron is on the floor you're in a tough position."nevertheless, the bulls navigated it for a half, leading 68-65 at the break.james dominated with 23 points and five assists. but the bulls shot lights out, making 12-of-20 from 3-point range.that included five 3-pointer for lauri markkanen, who set an nba record for most 3-pointers in the first three games of an nba career with 10






is lauri markkanen really the next kristaps porzingis?


bulls rookie lauri markkanen has been generating a lot of hype based on his first few games, but he also has shown he actually does have a few things in common with the nba player he's most compared to: the knicks' third-year power forward kristaps porzingis.milestonesporzingis: he was the youngest knicks player to post a double-double, and matched patrick ewing in sarpassing 40 points and 30 rebounds in his first four games, according to sports illustrated.markkanen: markkanen is the first bulls players to notch mutltiple double-doubles in his first four games since artis gilmore, according to elias sports bureau. he also set an nba record with 10 3-pointers in his first three games.nicknamesporzingis: porzingod, godzingis, kp6, zinger, the unicorn, among others.markkanen: the finnisher,






bulls face suns in battle of rebuilding teams


suns interim coach jay triano made no secret of what he thinks of bulls' rookie lauri markkanen."our scouting reports are concerned about how we're going to stop him," triano said.markkanen, back in the state of his college accomplishments at arizona, started alongside jerian grant, denzel valentine, justin holiday and robin lopez. that bulls' lineup is 2-0.the suns are without tyson chandler, jared dudley, brandon knight, davon reed and alan williams. but coach fred hoiberg knows the bulls can't take any team lightly."we have to get back in transition," he said. "they've got two of the bets wing players in this league with (devin) booker and (t.j.) warren."






bulls embarrassed in 39-point blowout against spurs; lauri markkanen hurt


after two games in two nights, including saturday night's 133-94 drubbing at the hands of the spurs, the bulls won't take the practice court sunday. when they do on monday for two days of practice before wednesday night's game in oklahoma city, it will be like training camp all over again. "we'll see who wants to compete in practice the next couple of days," coach fred hoiberg said. "everything is up for grabs." hoiberg, who didn't absolve himself from those who need to improve, actually already made lineup changes, one unwillingly. lauri markkanen stepped on rudy gay's foot near the end of the first half, spraining a left ankle that he first tweaked during friday's loss to the pacers but played through. bobby portis started the second half for markkanen, who didn't return and had his rook






quick — someone tell the other bulls players that lauri markkanen is good


welcome to snarkvember:some bulls players don’t know they’re bad and, even better, they also don’t know which teammate is good.say this for the bulls: they know how to run a tank job.these were the salient conclusions to begin the week after a game in which justin holiday took 16 shots and denzel valentine took 12 while lauri markkanen, the first-round draft choice and most dynamic offensive player, managed just seven.if you were looking for the hot-shooting rookie to get the ball more often as the bulls quit against the thunder on saturday, well, so was coach fred hoiberg.then again, if you were watching these bulls on a saturday night without being paid to do so, then you really ought to re-evaluate your life.but that’s not why you called. the key to the original point is that the differ






bulls down hawks 91-86 to avoid 1st 0-4 start in 10 years


what's finnish for dagger?despite enduring a rough shooting night, lauri markkanen buried a huge 3-pointer with 48.5 seconds left as the bulls avoided their first 0-4 start since 2007-08 with a 91-86 victory over the hawks.the bulls placed six scorers in double figures. that included david nwaba's first career double-double and 11 points from denzel valentine in his first nba start as paul zipser sat with a knee contusion.markkanen posted his second double-double in four games with 14 points and 13 rebounds as the bulls outrebounded the dennis schroder-less hawks 62-40.






only the bulls could look silly as lauri markkanen looks great


first-round draft choice lauri markkanen can hit three-pointers and the bulls can’t win. tanking like it oughta be.but here’s the thing with markkanen: the 7-foot forward never would’ve opened the season as a starter if third-year forward bobby portis hadn’t broken fourth-year forward nikola mirotic’s face. portis was suspended for eight games. mirotic is awaiting surgery. and markkanen had to play. had to start, actually. no choice.and look, there he is, hitting a record 10 threes in his first three games, making you wonder if they needed the puncher and punchee, making you wonder if they know who their better players are.that, see, is the problem with gar forman and john paxson: just when you want to hold out some faint hope for their player evaluation and roster building, there are thin






finnish line: lauri markkanen, henri jokiharju excited about futures in chicago


a finnish invasion is headed to the united center.finland natives lauri markkanen of the bulls and blackhawks prospect henri jokiharju are two of chicago's newest imports.the bulls started the suomi soiree two weeks ago during the nba draft. they acquired markkanen in the jimmy butler trade after the timberwolves selected the 7-footer with the seventh pick. a day later, the hawks drafted jokiharju 29th overall. the finnish community in chicago — and, yes, there is a finnish community in chicago — suddenly was abuzz."i was surprised, definitely about the basketball player," said olavi goos, honorary consul of finland in chicago and illinois. "i didn't realize this finnish guy was this good and the bulls were looking at him."goos estimates that there are about 500-600 finland natives living






lauri markkanen sparks bulls' first win


lauri markkanen scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half, including a key three-pointer with 48.5 seconds left, and the chicago bulls beat the atlanta hawks 91-86 on thursday night for their first win of the season.markkanen, picked in the first round by the bulls after his pick was acquired from the timberwolves along with zach lavine and kris dunn in the jimmy butler deal, grabbed 13 rebounds, leading a dominant rebounding effort for chicago. robin lopez had 16 points and eight rebounds and reserve david nwaba finished with 15 points and 11 boards, helping the bulls to a whopping 62-40 advantage on the glass.marco belinelli made five three-pointers on his way to 23 points for atlanta.dunn (left index finger dislocation) could make his bulls debut saturday against oklahoma city. he g






back-to-backs continue to be problem for bulls in 110-80 loss to jazz


the second of back-to-back games haven't been too kind to the bulls this season. then again, when you're 3-13, most games haven't been.the bulls dropped to 0-3 when playing the back end of a back-to-back set of games and also 0-3 on this four-game trip after wednesday's 110-80 loss to the jazz in salt lake city.derrick favors' 23 points and 19 from rodney hood powered the jazz, who remained without rudy gobert, dante exum and joe johnson.robin lopez's 15 points led the bulls, who shot just 5-for-21 from 3-point range.lauri markkanen struggled through his second straight off night, finishing with three points on 1-for-9 shooting. like his team, the rookie hasn't fared well playing two games in two nights.entering wednesday, markkanen had shot 8-for-21 in the second of back-to-back games. in






bulls' lauri markkanen hears dirk nowitzki comparisons 'a lot'


he’s 7-feet tall, blond and european, he’s an adept shooter and can take the ball to the basket. so it’s natural to want to compare chicago bulls rookie lauri markkanen to nba great dirk nowitzki.“i’ve been hearing that a lot,” markkanen said tuesday at the advocate center in chicago.“it’s a huge honor to be compared to him, a hall of famer. of course we have similarities being tall guys, being able to shoot the ball and put the ball on the floor.”markkanen said he didn’t mold his game after the mavericks’ nowitzki — or anyone else — while growing up simply because he didn’t watch much basketball while a youngster in finland. when he did catch rare glimpses, he first studied how guards played before a growth spurt turned his attention to the big men.“i hear a lot of comparisons to dirk so






bulls rookie lauri markkanen focused on basics, not jimmy butler trade


lauri markkanen said he feels no additional pressure from forever being included in one of the most polarizing transactions in franchise history, the bulls' decision to trade jimmy butler.there's enough pressure anyway in being an nba rookie, particularly one entering a rebuilding situation. markkanen has to learn the league, master living in a new city, study a new system, figure how to play multiple positions.nevertheless, given that butler is a proven all-star who, barring injury, will remain among the game's elite two-way players for the timberwolves, how markkanen plays as the bulls embark upon a full rebuild will determine a lot.perhaps it's best then for the soft-spoken 20-year-old to focus on the simple stuff first."i know how to get (to the advocate center) and the united center a






lauri markkanen is the last power forward standing after bulls' infighting


lauri markkanen is getting a crash course in the nba.the rookie is the bulls' starting power forward for thursday's season opener against the raptors because bobby portis broke two bones in nikola mirotic's face with a punch, concussing mirotic and forcing the team to suspend portis for eight games.he's guarding serge ibaka. and he's still trying to adjust to the speed and physicality of the new level."i haven’t seen it before," the soft-spoken markkanen said of the practice fight. "of course there’s something small [i’ve seen], but i mean it’s just competing. of course it got a little bit out of hand."but i’m just excited. not too anxious, but it’s definitely a dream come true. i’m ready to play."markkanen displayed some chops in the final two exhibitions, rebounding from a poor debut aft






lauri markkanen says his 3-point shooting translates to longer nba distance


after languishing at the bottom much of last season, the bulls finished tied for 24th in 3-point shooting at 34 percent.is lauri markkanen finnish for savior?scouts consider markkanen, a native of finland who shot 42 percent for arizona from the shorter 3-point line in college last season, one of the strongest shooters in the nba draft.acquiring zach lavineand kris dunn from the timberwolves in the jimmy butler trade addressed athleticism during the draft thursday night. adding markkanen with the seventh overall pick obtained from the timberwolves is designed to address shooting."definitely my biggest strength is stretch the floor, make shots and help the team," markkanen said. "i'm trying to be a complete player. much of it is staying in the weight room and getting stronger."markkanen sai






'i can't be satisfied:' lauri markkanen keeps lebron james' compliment in perspe


lauri markkanen is proving spot on in ways beyond his shooting, offering the right answer when asked for his reaction to lebron james complimenting his game."it feels awesome to hear that from him," markkanen said wednesday. "at the same time, i can't be satisfied. we haven't won a game yet."coach fred hoiberg can relate to markkanen's admission that guarding james was a thrill because james was his favorite player growing up in finland, even down to the retro james' shoe model that markkanen wore at arizona."(michael) jordan, we're playing him in a preseason game. and just to look down at the other end and see the greatest player on the planet warming up and have a chance to match up a little bit, it is surreal," hoiberg said. "it's guys you look up to and you get to face them. you unders






bulls' lauri markkanen stars as finland beats poland in double ot at eurobasket


lauri markkanen even playing for finland on sunday in their epic double overtime victory over poland at fiba’s eurobasket tournament could’ve been cause for celebration for bulls fans.some observers feared the worst saturday when markannen had to be helped off the court after appearing to suffer a leg contusion as he missed the final shot in finland’s loss to slovenia.but markkanen didn’t just play against poland. he starred.the bulls’ first-round pick acquired in the jimmy butler trade posted his third straight big game as finland, playing at home in helsinki, improved to a surprising 2-1 in pool play.markkanen posted 29 points and nine rebounds, continually making big plays down the stretch of finland’s 90-87 triumph. trailing by five with 50 seconds left in regulation, finland watched m






al horford and the celtics ruin the bucks' part – la times


at chicago 91, atlanta 86: lauri markkanen scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half, including a key three-point basket with 48.5 seconds to play, and the bulls won for the first time. the rookie also took 12 rebounds, leading a dominant rebounding effort for the bulls. robin lopez had 16 points and eight rebounds and reserve david nwaba finished with 15 and 11. marco belinelli made five three-point shots and scored 23 points for atlanta, which closed out a 1-4 trip — the longest in franchise history to open a season.






lauri markkanen will remain bulls starter when nikola mirotic cleared to play


fred hoibergsaid it hasn't yet been determined whether nikola mirotic will travel on the bulls' four-game trip that begins sunday in phoenix.what is settled is who will be the starting power forward when mirotic is physically cleared to play."i would say lauri (markkanen) is our starter moving forward," hoiberg said.markkanen's strong play after bobby portis concussed mirotic and broke two facial bones with a punch during an oct. 17 practice altercation has advanced the timeline for the rookie. hoiberg had named mirotic the starter until portis' punch just two days before the season opener, which also drew portis an eight-game suspension."(the situation) gave me a bigger chance right away," markkanen said. "but i'm glad to have bobby back and hopefully niko back. i have to do my work on th






bulls rookie lauri markkanen already showing he's more than just a shooter


two things have jumped out regarding lauri markkanen's game after two unexpected starts have produced averages of 15 points and 10 rebounds.the rookie is more than a shooter. and he competes defensively."sometimes you get labeled as a shooter. but he really is a complete basketball player," coach fred hoiberg said. "he's versatile. he can put the ball on the deck. he slides his feet really well for a guy who is 7 feet tall at his age."he's learning on the fly. he's going to have ups and downs. but he's played pretty darn well for everything he's been through and understanding two days ago he's going to be in the lineup."while drawing serge ibaka in the opener and mostly pau gasol with a dash of lamarcus aldridge on saturday, markkanen has flashed a physical defensive edge with strong footw






lauri markkanen shines, but bulls falter against suns in 113-105 loss


as he prepared to leave finland to play college basketball, lauri markkanen visited north carolina and utah but chose arizona because of the connection he felt with the program's teammates and coaches.markkanen continued to make himself feel at home in the state on sunday, displaying a nasty fadeaway jumper in his seemingly growing offensive arsenal.but markkanen's season-high night and kris dunn continuing to outplay jerian grant still couldn't prevent the bulls from losing a winnable game, 113-105 to the also-rebuilding suns.t.j. warren's 27 points and a strong bench effort that featured three double-figure reserves rallied the suns, who prevented the bulls from winning consecutive games for the first time this season in the first of a four-game trip.suns interim coach jay triano said be






add brian scalabrine to list of lauri markkanen fans


when the tweet was posted to the twitter account of new york daily news reporter frank isola, many thought it might be sarcasm.but isola, who co-hosts a radio show with former bull brian scalabrine on siriusxm nba radio, was serious: lauri markkanen actually asked scalabrine for permission to wear no. 24, scakabrine’s old number."he texted me when the (draft night) trade went down (with minnesota)," scalabrine said by phone. "i told him, 'of course.' you could be 'the finnish mamba.'"that's a lighthearted reference to scalabrine's "white mamba" nickname.scalabrine met markkanen when he conducted a predraft interview on pop culture with him for foot locker and slam magazine. scalabrine, who also works for nbc sports boston on celtics telecasts, also caught one of markkanen's predraft workou






lauri markkanen shines, but bulls falter against suns in 113-105 loss


as he prepared to leave finland to play college basketball, lauri markkanen visited north carolina and utah but chose arizona because of the connection he felt with the program's teammates and coaches.markkanen continued to make himself feel at home in the state on sunday, displaying a nasty fadeaway jumper in his seemingly growing offensive arsenal.but markkanen's season-high night and kris dunn continuing to outplay jerian grant still couldn't prevent the bulls from losing a winnable game, 113-105 to the also-rebuilding suns.t.j. warren's 27 points and a strong bench effort that featured three double-figure reserves rallied the suns, who prevented the bulls from winning consecutive games for the first time this season in the first of a four-game trip.suns interim coach jay triano said be






lauri markkanen seizes early opportunity to impress, even in losing effort


bobby portis' eight-game suspension for punching nikola mirotic in the face and sidelining mirotic for four to six weeks with a concussion and facial fractures no longer merely raises the question of whether the power forwards can co-exist moving forward.their absences have created an opening for lauri markkanen and he continues to seize his opportunity as he did tuesday night despite the bulls' 119-112 loss to the cavaliers.which begs the question: should markkanen start if and when portis and mirotic return?"he has been really good," hoiberg said. "he has a chance to be special."so is that a yes?"you guys are the experts," hoiberg said lightheartedly. photos from the bulls-cavaliers game at quicken loans arena in cleveland on tuesday, oct. 24, 2017.markkanen set an nba record when he mad






bulls excited to see how zach lavine's athleticism opens up offense


before lauri markkanen matriculated at arizona and his nba dreams became full-fledged, he gravitated toward — of all things — a 16-66 timberwolves team he followed from finland.“i wanted to root for an underdog,” markkanen said.a certain high-flying rookie from that 2014-15 season caught markkanen’s eye.“of course i saw highlights of zach (lavine),” markkanen said. “he’s an athletic dude. you want to go to youtube and watch his highlights.”markkanen no longer has to now that he and lavine are transactional teammates, acquired in the same jimmy butler trade last june. heck, markkanen will star in some of them.“he was pretty close to getting me in his first practice,” markkanen said, smiling at the memory. “i was boxing out big cris (felicio) and zach flew in for a putback. luckily, he misse






bulls shine defensively in 105-83 win over high-scoring magic


last june, the magic selected promising forward jonathan isaac with the sixth overall pick, one slot ahead of when the timberwolves drafted lauri markkanen for the bulls.markannen, five months older than isaac, worked out for and interviewed with magic officials.so, no, they weren't surprised when markkanen fell one rebound shy of his third double-double and played solid defense on aaron gordon in the bulls' most complete effort of the young season, a 105-83 beatdown of the high-powered magic."super impressed," magic coach frank vogel said of his time with markkanen. "i feel like he has a great confidence about him. i loved his skill set obviously. he's putting it to good use early on."he's one of the guys on top of the scouting report. you have to account for him. you have to figure out y






bulls drop home opener 87-77 to spurs


change the quarter collapse from the second to the third. tweak the rotation from ryan arcidiacono to kay felder and quincy pondexter to paul zipser.otherwise, saturday's home opener played out similarly to thursday's season opener---some competitive stretches, some flashes from rookie lauri markkanen and, ultimately, too many turnovers and a loss.the spurs downed the bulls 87-77 on a night that markkanen endured a 5-for-14 shooting night to post his first career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.lamarcus aldridge's 28 points and 10 rebounds led the spurs, who shot just 40.9 percent."i was proud of our defensive effort," coach fred hoiberg said. "i did think we came out with a really good mentality. we talked about how important it was to defend the 3-point line. we held them to






police investigating fatal shooting near naperville school


police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man who was found friday afternoon inside a car near scullen middle school in suburban naperville, officials said. about 7:30 p.m., naperville police were called to a parking lot in the 1800 block of mistflower lane for a call of an unresponsive man inside a car, said police cmdr. louis miso.when officers arrived they found a man inside the car with the windows rolled down, miso said.the man, who has not yet been identified, was taken to edward hospital, where he was pronounced dead from guns wounds.  miso said the death is being investigated as a homicide.