Luol Deng isn’t tipping hand about wrist injury
By Neil Hayes firstname.lastname@example.org January 23, 2012 11:00PM
Updated: February 25, 2012 8:22AM
Forward Luol Deng’s injured left wrist remains a mystery, which is apparently how he wants it.
‘‘Lu is an old-school guy,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said Monday. ‘‘He came in and said: ‘My wrist is injured. I think I’ll be fine. I’ve got a couple of more doctors we want to talk to, and we’ll go from there.’ He said he’s able to move it and that it was feeling better today and that it’s day-to-day. I’m good with that.’’
Deng’s wrist was bandaged heavily when he entered the United Center after being ruled out of the game Monday against the New Jersey Nets earlier in the day. The usually accommodating Deng didn’t make himself available to reporters before the game.
Thibodeau said he wasn’t aware of the results of an MRI exam Monday and indicated Deng would consult with specialists before a diagnosis was made.
‘‘I don’t think he’ll need surgery,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘Again, there are more doctors he wants to talk to.’’
Losing Deng for an extended period would be a blow to a team that has suffered more than its share of injuries this season. Deng’s versatility on both ends of the court makes him invaluable.
Ronnie Brewer started in Deng’s place against the Nets. Kyle Korver, Brian Scalabrine, Rip Hamilton and rookie Jimmy Butler also might log minutes at forward if Deng is out for a while.
Forward Taj Gibson said that he has regained range of motion in his sprained ankle and that the swelling has gone down. He said he hopes to return by the end of week.
John Lucas III (strained groin) is day-to-day.
Milestone for Rip
Hamilton’s layup with 5:46 left in the first quarter made him the 120th player in NBA history to score 15,000 career points.