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No Structural Damage in Doug McDermott’s Knee

October 23, 2015: Doug McDermott #3 of the Chicago Bulls get the rebound in the game against the Dallas Mavericks at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. Bulls 103 Mavericks 102. (Photo by John S. Peterson/Icon Sportswire)
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Chicago Bulls forward Doug McDermott has missed two games in the last two weeks with soreness in his right knee, the same knee operated on last year for a torn meniscus. The good news is an MRI showed no structural damage, according to Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.

McDermott participated in shootaround before Wednesday’s night game against the Indiana Pacers and is a game-time decision.

McDermott has shown significant improvement this year after a disappointing rookie campaign that featured that knee injury, poor play and no spot in the rotation for much of the season. Mike Dunleavy’s injury opened the door for the second-year man to get more minutes, and he’s helped as a shooter and overall scorer.

McDermott is averaging 8.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game, which is more than twice the amount of minutes per game he played last year. He’s shooting 44.9 percent overall and 42.4 percent from long range.  His defense remains troublesome, but there’s been some improvement on that end as well.

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