Bulls' Deng sits out against Kings with Achilles' tendinitis

Updated: January 5, 2008, 9:06 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Bulls forward Luol Deng missed the game against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday because of left Achilles' tendinitis and is day to day.

Luol Deng


Although an MRI on Friday revealed no major structural damage, the Bulls are taking a cautious approach with their second-leading scorer.

"We'll sit him out tonight, give him a couple days rest and see how he is on Tuesday," interim coach Jim Boylan said. "Hopefully, the rest will do him some good. He seems to be feeling a little bit better, so we're keeping our fingers crossed on that. The schedule kind of breaks for us."

They have a light schedule next week, hosting New York on Tuesday and visiting Philadelphia on Friday.

Deng, averaging 17.9 points, left in the second quarter of last Thursday's double-overtime loss to Portland and managed only two points. He had said he hurt the Achilles' in an earlier game and aggravated it Thursday night when he came down after a jump shot.

Trainer Fred Tedeschi said Deng will wear an orthotic device to stabilize the foot and will undergo therapy and stretching to treat the condition.

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