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Potentially crucial injury news from Tuesday night's debacle, as Luol Deng is now unsure he'll play against the Pacers, reports ESPNChicago:
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng sprained his right ankle in the first quarter of Tuesday night's 120-97 loss to the Houston Rockets and is questionable for Wednesday night's game against the Indiana Pacers.
Deng stayed in the game after the injury and played 36 minutes, but he was limping badly as he walked out of the United Center.
"We'll see," Deng said. "I twisted my ankle in the first quarter. We'll see how it feels."
Yeah, Deng still wound up playing 36 minutes in a game the Bulls were down 35 points in the 2nd half in. Thibs had him sitting most of the 4th quarter, though if you want to quibble, he stayed in a little bit more than Noah did, though maybe at that time it was just a normal substitution rather than 'packing it in'.
I suppose the real story to Deng's Tuesday minutes (hey, it's always a story) is that he couldn't be off the floor in the first half, as in his 1:30 absence the Bulls were -6, and -12 for the 2nd quarter. No doubt the guy is important, so seeing missing him against Paul George and the Pacers tonight will be a real problem, though an opportunity for Jimmy Butler.
Deng has already been playing through a likely sprained shoulder.