Post by oscars2008 on Jan 23, 2008 15:17:26 GMT -5
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng will be "shut down" for "a significant period of time" because of his sore left Achilles tendon, interim coach Jim Boylan said Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Deng, the team's second-leading scorer, missed three games with the same injury earlier this month and sat out the Bulls' victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday when it flared up again.
Boylan wouldn't guess as to the length of Deng's absence, but said it will be weeks, not days, according to the Tribune.
The Bulls are already without guard Chris Duhon, who is out with a bone bruise in his left knee.
Deng is averaging 17.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Bulls (16-24). His 47.8 percent field goal shooting percentage is the best among the Bulls' regulars.
"Since he's had the injury it's kind of stayed with him," Boylan said Saturday. "It gets better on occasion and he can play, and then it comes back.
"It's something we have not been able to get a full handle on, so it's a problem. But we have so many games, and not a lot of time to rest him."