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“Niko has brought a confidence to this team,” Fred Hoiberg says.
“I’ve been having great confidence in myself so far,” Mirotic said after the Bulls improved to 3-0 with him healthy.
Niko Mirotic will start in his place.
Fred Hoiberg rued an inattention to defense after the Bulls lost their ninth straight Monday night.
Mirotic has missed the first 21 games with facial fractures that he suffered from a punch from teammate Bobby Portis.
“Nobody cares about a losing team,” Denzel Valentine says.
“If I’m here, it means that my team needs me and I need my team too,” Mirotic said in his first public comments since the Oct. 17 incident.
Markkanen is 17-of-67 from the field in his past five games.
Dunn scored a career-high 22 points and added a season-high seven assists as the Bulls outlasted the Hornets.
Dunn is among the league leaders in turnovers per 48 minutes.
“Fred’s got them playing really hard,” Reinsdorf says of the Bulls. “It’s not going unnoticed.”
Keep it simple,” Fred Hoiberg says of what he expects out of Portis. “Focus on defending and rebounding.”
After sitting out eight games for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic, Portis is eligible to return Tuesday.
“It’s going to be a process, it’s going to take time,” Justin Holiday said after the Bulls dropped to 2-6.
“We took a huge step in the wrong direction,” Hoiberg said. “We didn’t compete.”
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“We don’t have all the answers right now,” Paxson says.
Lauri Markkanen had another double-double and hit a big 3-pointer late in Chicago’s first win.
“I’m wrong for what I did,” Portis said of punching Mirotic, who suffered facial fractures.
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“Down the road, there will be a time and place where we can use money to our advantage,” Paxson says.
“Inexcusable” is how the Bulls described Bobby Portis’ punch that fractured bones in Nikola Mirotic’s face.