Lauri Markkanen banged his right elbow on Friday but soon returned, finishing with 22 points, six rebounds, four 3-pointers, three steals, one assist and one block in 27 minutes.
Markkanen took contact while setting a screen and was checked out by a trainer on the bench. The fact that he returned (and hit a tough game-winning layup) suggests it isn't a huge concern, but he will receive treatment. Disaster avoided. He shot 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line, too, which was nice after his 31.6% shooting in his first two games. Overall, he hasn't shown a ton of rust and it helps that he was rehabbing an upper-body injury, so his conditioning didn't suffer too much. It shouldn't be long before he's cruising as a top-50 player. Dec 7 - 11:12 PM