Luol Deng tweaked his right hamstring against the Raptors on Wednesday, but as expected, played against the Celtics on Friday night. However, Deng re-aggravated the injury in the Bulls' victory, pulling up lame on a fast break late in the third quarter. He was obviously in a ton of pain, and immediately hobbled to the locker room.
After the game, Deng did not sound optimistic about playing Saturday night against the Grizzlies. A string of tweets from K.C. Johnson:
Deng said his chances of playing Saturday vs. Memphis "are low." #Bulls— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 19, 2013
Deng: "I tried to take off and as soon as I pushed off, I felt a pull. It’s swollen and painful." #Bulls— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 19, 2013
When even Deng, who usually tries to play through anything, isn't optimistic about playing, the injury must be somewhat serious. Judging by his quotes, there's absolutely no reason he should play against the Grizzlies, but you never know how these things will go.
It certainly wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to get Jimmy Butler some nice experience against a top-notch talent like Rudy Gay. Butler played really well in Deng's stead against the Celtics, scoring six points in overtime and providing his usual high energy.