The Chicago Bulls got a lift last night as Luol Deng returned from an injury that had sidelined him for the last five games. In his first game back, Deng helped the Bulls to a 93-85 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Deng appeared to move around the court well, and he looks like he is completely healed.
Deng suffered a strained hamstring nearly two weeks ago. He had not been able to play since. Until last night, that is. Deng played 31 minutes and scored 12 points. He was an additional presence on the court that the Bulls had been missing.
In his absence, Chicago went 3-2, but they want to do better than that. They are trying to maintain a decent playoff position as the season heads into the second half. The hope is that Derrick Rose will make his return soon and help lift this team higher in the seeding.
As it stands now, the Bulls are 27-17 and in third place in the Eastern Conference standings. When Rose returns, there is a chance they can contend for the number one overall seed. They would have to go through both the New York Knicks and Miami Heat to get that seeding, though. Deng's return is an important first step. Now the team must wait on Rose.
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