Central Notes: Dosunmu, Cavaliers, Olynyk, LeVert

Bulls rookie Ayo Dosunmu has been carrying his team in the absences of several key players, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times writes. Dosunmu had a big game on Saturday for a Chicago team missing Lonzo Ball, Patrick Williams, Alex Caruso and others.

In nearly 40 minutes, he recorded 21 points and 10 assists, shooting 9-of-10 from the field. The Bulls still lost to the Celtics 114-112, but Dosunmu’s production at 21 years old was certainly eye-opening.

“For a young guy like him to play with so much poise and not get rushed into making quick decisions, just playing smart ball, is impressive at that age,’’ teammate Nikola Vucevic said of Dosunmu. “Especially only in his third start and played however many games we played so far. He played well at both ends. He’s been doing that all year long. It’s a huge addition for us.’’

There’s more from the Central Division tonight:

  • The Cavaliers reestablished their identity during a recent road trip, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic writes. Cleveland went 5-1 on the trip, defeating Oklahoma City 107-102 on Saturday. The team now owns the sixth-best record in the East at 26-18.
  • Pistons coach Dwane Casey doesn’t think it’ll take Kelly Olynyk long to get re-acclimated to the team, Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press tweets. Olynyk has only appeared in 10 games this season due to a knee injury, but he seems to be nearing a return. “Kelly’s a smart player,” Casey explained. “It’s not going to take him long. He knew all of the positions when healthy in training camp. There were times when we needed a wing during training camp, and he went out and played the wing.”
  • Pacers guard Caris LeVert discussed his appreciation for life and basketball on the one-year anniversary of his cancer discovery, as relayed by Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files. LeVert was acquired by Indiana last January and underwent a physical that showed a cancerous mass on his left kidney. “It’s been extremely tough, but I’m extremely grateful to be still playing this game at a high level against the best players in the world,” he said.
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