Originally written on NBA Injury News  |  Last updated 11/13/14
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Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng injured his hamstring in the third quarter of Friday's game against the Celtics. After the game, Luol Deng did not sound too optimistic about his chances for today's game against the Grizzlies.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, 2013Deng didn't sound optimistic about playing, so I'd guess Jimmy Butler would start on Rudy Gay SAT. "Just need to be aggressive," he said.— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 19, 2013Nick Friedell of ESPN reported on Deng's injury with several quotes from both Deng and coach Thibodeau.Luol Deng:"[There's] swelling; it's painful," Deng said. "In the hallway, I tried to run and just try to go back in the game for my teammates, but I had a hard time running.""The percentages [of playing] are very low." Tim Thibodeau:"We'll see. [Athletic trainer] Fred [Tedeschi]'s got to have him examined. [Deng] wanted to come back but he was not able to do it. We'll see. We'll see where he is." From both the tweets and the quotes, it would not be a good idea for the Bulls' to play Deng, especially when put into consideration that he tweaked it on Wednesday and re-aggravated it two days later (yesterday). For Deng to be saying his chances are low, the injury could potentially be serious and his absence is not a risk the Bulls should take. Bulls' guard Derrick Rose should be back soon and if the Bulls were to lose Deng, the benefit of Rose's return would not be as great. Follow @hoopsinjurynews!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.nbainjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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