Bulls' Rose, Deng expected to play

Updated: April 26, 2010, 11:04 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- The Chicago Bulls' 121-98 loss in Game 4 to the Cleveland Cavaliers also took a physical toll, as Derrick Rose had an MRI on his left ankle and Luol Deng sat out practice on Monday because of a sore right knee and calf.

Both players are expected to play in Game 5 on Tuesday in Cleveland.

Rose injured his ankle when he stepped on Shaquille O'Neal's foot in the beginning of the third quarter on Sunday.

The Bulls released a statement Monday evening that there were no significant findings in the MRI, and Rose's playing status would be updated Tuesday.

"He was sore [Monday]," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said of Rose. "He jammed it on Shaq's foot. He was limping a little bit today, so hopefully he'll be better and see how he feels."

Deng missed 11 straight games near the end of the season because of calf trouble.

"Luol's knee and calf are a little bit sore today. It's that time of the year," Del Negro said. "Things are going to happen. You just got to get the guys out there that are healthy.

"Obviously, we need both those guys to play at a high level. I think they'll both be fine and ready to play. But who's 100 percent at this time of the year? Not many guys."

The Cavaliers lead the series 3-1.

Nick Friedell contributed to this report.

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