Luol Deng is missing games for the first time this season. He, like the rest of the Chicago Bulls, has suffered bumps and bruises, but unlike many of the other players, Deng has been able to stay on the court. Last night, Deng missed his second-straight game with a hamstring injury.
Deng did not take part in the team's shoot-around on Monday and was listed as a game-time decision before the game says Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago. However, Coach Tom Thibodeau decided it would be best to hold Deng out of the game. He wants Deng to rest the injury and get closer to 100 percent.
"We'll know tonight," Thibodeau said before the game. "Still day to day, a little bit better today, we'll see tonight."Deng suffered the injury last week but continued to play through the injury. He aggravated the hamstring on Friday and has not played since then.
Deng has been a key part of the Bulls ability to stay competitive this season. He has averaged 17.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He shares the ball too, though. Deng has averaged 3.0 assists per game this season. In his career, Deng is a 46.3% shooter and averages 16.1 points per game.