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Bulls' Deng sits out against Kings with Achilles' tendinitis

1/5/2008 - NBA Luol Deng Chicago Bulls + more

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

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.