Per KC Johnson:
Luol Deng, Brad Miller and Taj Gibson sat out Wednesday's Bulls practice at the Berto Center.
Deng underwent an MRI exam on his strained right calf Wednesday
morning, which revealed a "Grade 1 or 2" strain, according to coach
Vinny Del Negro. Deng suffered the injury in Tuesday's loss to the
Jazz. He will travel to Florida, where the Bulls play back-to-back
games against the Magic and Heat Thursday and Friday. But Del Negro
said it's unlikely Deng will play in either game.
"I think he's going to be out for a little bit," Del Negro said.
Miller typically gets practice days off to rest but also banged his
thumb in Tuesday's game, although he is expected to play. Gibson's
plantar fasciitis has been acting up and Del Negro said Gibson might
"I'm having a harder time fighting through it," Gibson said late
Tuesday. "It's been affecting me more lately, so I'm trying to block it
Well Deng being out alone is enough to virtually doom our hopes of winning without a miracle, if you throw Taj onto the list it's going to be really ugly. At this point, you might as well let him rest, there's no hope to winning the games without Deng and Noah on the road against elite competition anyway.
Better to get everyone healthy for the games we can win then to bang them up even more in the lost causes. Let's just wish a speedy recovery to all the guys and hope Charlotte flames out as badly as we do.