Luol Deng injured his hamstring in the first quarter of the Bulls game against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. In the third quarter of Friday night’s game against the Boston Celtics, Deng re-injured his hamstring and had difficulty walking after a layup attempt with 1:56 remaining in regulation.
Deng immediately motioned to the bench for a sub after his errant shot attempt. Even though he walked off the court under his own power, Luol was clearly in pain and described what he felt to ESPN Chicago afterward.
"As soon as I pushed off it I just felt a pull," said Deng after the game. “[There's] swelling; it's painful. 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."
Deng finished with just three points in the game, a clear sign that he was not his usual self. Although he’s played through injuries before, this one may take some time to heal and recover from.
The Bulls are set to host the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night and although Deng will most likely be listed as “day-to-day,” by his own admission, he may not be able to take the United Center court on Saturday.
"The percentages [of playing] are very low."
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