Daniel Gafford played well as a fill-in starter on Friday, posting seven points (3-of-4 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), six rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 19 minutes vs. the Hornets.
Wendell Carter Jr. (thigh bruise) wasn't available after getting hurt at practice on Wednesday, which opened up 26 minutes and the starting job. Gafford, who recently earned praise from coach Billy Donovan, took advantage with an efficient line despite the low minutes. Carter Jr. was initially listed as 'doubtful' for this game, rather than being ruled out a day in advance, which suggests he won't be out too long. Chicago finishes this back-to-back set on Saturday, though, so Gafford may well get another start in a tough matchup vs. the Lakers. Jan 22 10:10 pm (EST)
- Daniel Gafford will start Friday's game alongside Coby White, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams and Lauri Markkanen.
- Daniel Gafford has made a positive impression on Billy Donovan by the way in which he has handled inconsistent playing time, according to NBC Sports Chicago's Rob Schaefer.
- Daniel Gafford made a strong impression in 22 minutes vs. the Wizards on Thursday, hitting 7-of-8 shots for 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. All Daniel Gafford News
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