Deng plays through injury in Bulls' loss

Deng plays through injury in Bulls' loss
December 23, 2012, 4:18 am
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ATLANTA After suffering a left-shoulder injury in Friday nights Bulls win over New York, Luol Deng almost didnt play in Saturdays loss to the Hawks, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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However, Deng gutted it out and while he didnt have the most impactful game none of the Bulls did in the blowout defeat he claimed afterwards that the ailment wasnt painful enough to prevent him from suiting up.

Its OK, he said, before admitting probably not, when asked if hed even inform the media if it really was troubling him.

I played, so thats all that matters. I was worried about, even to start the game and I thought it took a little bit of my aggressiveness away, continued Deng, who noted that he might have been a little shy of contact Saturday. Its not worse now than it was before, so thats a good sign.

Im not even trying to hide anything. I cant explain exactly what it is. Its more than a stinger. Its a sprained something. I dont know exactly.