Deng: Chances 'not good' that All-Star plays Friday


Deng: Chances 'not good' that All-Star plays Friday

DEERFIELD, ILL.Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Luol Deng is a game-time decision for Friday evenings Bulls home game against Golden State, though the All-Star small forward himself said his chances of playing are not good.

Its all right. Its getting better. Its a week today so hopefully Im back soon. It could be longer. I just hope its not too long, Deng said after the teams morning shootaround at the Berto Center. Theres a chance. But its also a back-to-back so my chances are better tomorrow Saturday in Washington. Well see.

Deng, who has a strained right hamstring, has missed the teams last three games.

Thibodeau acknowledged that Deng participated some in Fridays session, though in typical fashion, wouldnt disclose exactly what he or injured superstar Derrick Rose were able to do.

Hes getting better, well see, Thibodeau said of Deng. I want to see where hes at after he warms up tonight.

If Deng doesnt play Friday, its likely that second-year swingman Jimmy Butler again starts in his place. The leagues minutes-per-game leader is confident that his protg can continue to fill his shoes on a temporary basis.

Jimmys great. You never want to be hurt. But I think people are seeing what he can do. And it makes us better in the long run. Its a long season. You never know when youre going to be asked for minutes, he explained. Last year, not that anyone can fill Derricks shoes, but when we knew he was out for the whole thing, we struggled a bit to come together as a team and fill that role. But this year, hes been out so long and weve been able to do that.

Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Competing in Nebraska may have been foreign for most Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks players, but Doug McDermott and Kyle Korver were right at home. 

The veterans, who both starred at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., returned to their college stomping grounds for NBA preseason action Thursday night. Korver's Hawks got the best of McDermott's Bulls, 97-81, on Creighton's home floor.

Both had illustrious careers for the Blue Jays basketball squad. McDermott, who graduated in 2014, won the Wooden Award his senior season and is the all-time leading scorer. Korver, as you may have guessed, holds the school record for most three-pointers made. Fans at Thursday's game got a flashback from these glory days, as both logged significant minutes and put up offensive numbers. 

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McDermott didn't have his best shooting night, but knocked down two triples and finished with 16 points. Korver also scored 16, splashing in four from beyond the arc. 

Afterwards, McDermott thanked the Omaha faithful via Twitter.

With the loss, the Bulls' preseason ends with a record of 3-4. They open regular season play on Oct. 27 against the Boston Celtics. 


Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

OMAHA, Neb. — Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds in a 97-81 win over the Bulls.

Kyle Korver, who played at Creighton, also scored 16 points as Atlanta finished the preseason 5-2.

Jimmy Butler scored 16 points as Chicago wrapped up exhibition play at 3-4.

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HAWKS: Kent Bazemore had 15 points and nine rebounds. ... Korver made four 3-pointers.

BULLS: Doug McDermott, another former Creighton star playing in his college arena, scored 16 points but shot 5 for 15. ... Dwyane Wade (3 for 14) and Rajon Rondo (1 for 7) combined for just 11 points. Both had six assists.

UP NEXT: Atlanta (5-2) hosts Washington next Thursday in its season opener. Chicago (3-4) also opens Thursday against Boston.