Three Bulls sit out practice

Updated: March 24, 2011, 3:02 PM ET
By Nick Friedell |

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Luol Deng, Taj Gibson and C.J. Watson sat out Chicago Bulls practice on Thursday.

Deng is dealing with a left thigh bruise, but it hasn't kept him out of game action. He scored 27 points in the Bulls' 114-81 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. Gibson is nursing an injured right big toe, and Watson has plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Neither player has missed a game because of the injuries.

The Bulls, who have won 10 of their last 11 games and have a one game lead on the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, play the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for and ESPN 1000.

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