Deng rests, Noah, Belinelli return for Bulls
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chicago forward Luol Deng, the NBA's leader in minutes played per game, missed the Bulls' game at Detroit on Sunday with a hip injury.
Coach Tom Thibodeau says the injury has been building up over time and Deng's night off is "more precautionary."
Deng plays 39.2 minutes per game and is averaging a team-best 16.7 points in 70 games this season. The Bulls are fifth in the Eastern Conference and are battling Brooklyn and Atlanta for the fourth seed and a chance to host a first-round playoff series.
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