Bulls at full strength for Grizzlies

Updated: March 25, 2011, 1:00 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- After sitting out practice on Thursday with nagging injuries, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson and C.J. Watson will play for the Chicago Bulls on Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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 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.

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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