Deng out Saturday night with sore left Achilles

Deng out Saturday night with sore left Achilles

December 7, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Luol Deng will miss Saturday night’s game against the Pistons at the United Center with a sore left Achilles, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed.

Deng’s status is day-to-day, according to Thibodeau, though it seems feasible that after two days off, the Bulls’ top scorer could return for Tuesday’s home game against Milwaukee, the first in a stretch of four games in five nights for the team.

“I don’t know [when Deng will return], other than what Fred [Tedeschi, the Bulls’ head athletic trainer] tells me,” Thibodeau said. “He was unsure this morning. He had tightness, they wanted to work on him and he said it could be better in a couple days.”

The coach also said the All-Star small forward has been playing with the injury since the team’s lone win on the “Circus Trip,” ironically at Detroit, Nov. 27.

“Actually, he said he thinks he did it in the previous Detroit game and he just had the tightness, and it hasn’t gone away,” Thibodeau said. “He had some swelling and he’s trying to get that down.”