Luol Deng Injury: Is the wrist pain pushing Deng's shots farther from the basket?

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After the Hornets game this week, I noticed that Nick Friedell noticed that Luol Deng's wrist injury seemed to be affecting his shot selection. It was something Friedell reiterated on Thursday afternoon:

His wrist continues to bother him more than he is letting on I think.

This is all anecdotal and speculative, and though I can't say I've noticed the same thing Friedell is closer to the action. And you'd figure there's little chance Luol would admit anything is bothering him even if it were true.

But new (to me) Bulls blog Six Rings and Counting did the work in actually seeing if Deng's shot location has changed since coming back from his wrist injury.

Deng’s powerful start to the season saw him shooting roughly as often inside 9 feet as he did from 16 feet and beyond. But since his Jan. 21 injury

Deng FGA 0-9 Feet 16+ Feet
Before (18 games) 6.7 7.2
After (12 games) 5.0 8.3

This doesn't look to be a huge difference, but it would make sense if Deng is indeed being hesitant, even subconsciously, to attack the rim as often (and with the same ferocity) as he did before. Deng's a warrior and a hero to all of mankind, and we've been told he can't do any more structural damage to his wrist. But it is a torn ligament, and his decision to put off surgery while playing professional basketball means it likely won't be getting any better, either.

Latest News

In This Article

Teams
Players
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blog a Bull

You must be a member of Blog a Bull to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blog a Bull. You should read them.

Join Blog a Bull

You must be a member of Blog a Bull to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blog a Bull. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker