McDermott was a late scratch before Monday night’s 104–97 win over Toronto. Hoiberg said after the game that McDermott’s knee started bothering him earlier in the day and that the team took a precaution by holding him out. He underwent an MRI but the team has not received the results yet.
McDermott had minor meniscus surgery on the knee in December 2014, and it flared up recently during a Dec. 19 game against the Nets, causing the Bulls to sit him after 25 minutes. The 23-year-old is averaging 8.8 points in 21.8 minutes per game and shooting over 42% from three-point range.
Tony Snell, back in the rotation with McDermott sidelined on Monday, took a star turn against the Raptors, scoring 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and combining with rookie forward Bobby Portis and backup guard Aaron Brooks to spark the team to a win.
- Jeremy Woo