Deng, averaging 14.6 points and 6.0 rebounds, started Chicago's
previous eight games this season and all 82 last season, when he
averaged 18.8 points and 7.1 rebounds -- both career bests.
Deng had 10 points and seven rebounds while playing 27 minutes
in a 92-73 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.
"It's too bad he can't play tonight, obviously," coach Scott
Skiles said. "He's another guy we have who has a small chance of
doing something to Kobe [Bryant] with his length. But he's out, and
we'll move on."
The 22-year-old forward is in his fourth NBA season -- all with
the Bulls. Phoenix made the 6-foot-9, 220-pounder the seventh
overall pick in the 2004 draft before trading him to Chicago. Deng
played one season at Duke before entering the draft.
"I was looking forward to a Lamar-Deng matchup," Lakers coach
Phil Jackson said, referring to Los Angeles forward Lamar Odom.
"We had trouble with Deng last year."