It seems the Chicago Bulls are unable to catch any type of break lately.
The Bulls’ lottery selection in this year’s draft, Lauri Markkanen out of Arizona, had a scary moment in the final second of a Eurobasket game against Slovenia on Saturday.
Markkanen, playing for his home country of Finland, was having himself a game, scoring 24 points and grabbing 7 rebounds across the course of the game before attempting a game-tying shot in the final seconds of the game, his Finland team trailing Slovenia 81-78 with 3.1 seconds left on the clock.
Lauri missed the shot badly, and came down hard on his left ankle, although it was unclear what caused the actual injury.
Markkanen steps out of bounds on game-tying attempt, injures himself on the play. He's being helped off the court after the game. pic.twitter.com/uQWBegS5Zk
— Stephen Noh (@StephNoh) September 2, 2017
When he tried to get up under his own power, the seven-footer’s injury became more apparent, as he clutched at his ankle in pain.
Markkanen was unable to put weight on the affected ankle and had to be helped off the court by team officials. The extent of the injury is still unknown, as it could range from a common sprain to something a lot more serious.
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Lauri with the 7th pick in this year’s draft and was immediately dealt to Chicago in the trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. The Bulls front office will definitely be nervous after the injury scare, as many within the organization thought they had picked up the next Kristaps Porzingis with Markkanen.
Let’s hope the injury isn’t that serious and Lauri can make a quick recovery in time for the Bulls’ season opener against the Toronto Raptors.