It’s not every day we see someone playing the full 48 minutes, so tonight’s effort by Mike Dunleavy should be applauded.
The short-handed Chicago Bulls asked their 33-year-old small forward to play the whole game against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Bulls are currently without guards Derrick Rose (out for season) and Jimmy Butler (missed second straight game).
The Bulls fell in to the Hawks 107-103.
Only eight Bulls’ players played, but one, Nazr Mohammad only saw the court for five minutes.
In his 48 minutes of action, Dunleavy put up 22 points (6-15), 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.
On the season Dunleavy has averaged 10.9 points in 29.8 minutes of action.
This sudden boost in minutes is somewhat surprising. Dunleavy hasn’t eclipsed the 40 minute mark since December 21st, 2013 against the Cleveland Cavaliers (41 minutes).
Tony Snell filled in at the shooting guard spot for the injured Butler.
Joakim Noah was second in minutes with 37 minutes.
The 34-year-old Elton Brand led the way for the Hawks with 42 minutes.