NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng will be re-evaluated on Saturday after the forward picked up a shoulder injury in his team’s 110-106 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.
Deng sustained the injury during a physical tussle with Jason Kidd to win a rebound under the basket, which resulted in him being forced to leave the game for treatment.
The 27-year-old did return to collect 29 points and 13 rebounds in helping the Bulls fend off the charging Knicks, but he’s now questionable for the next game against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.
“We’re going to check again (Saturday), but I don’t know exactly what it is,” Deng said after the game. “Something with the ligament there, I don’t know if I sprained or … we‘ll see. It’s almost like a pulled muscle.
“I never had anything like this, but it just feels like a pulled muscle or a sprained tendon. I really don’t know.”
He added: “We’ll see how it feels,” he said. “It’s sore now. We’ll see how it feels (Saturday) morning and then we’ll go from there.”
“I was just going up for the shot. He kind of hit my arm as I was going up. I felt it right away in my shoulder, but my arm was just numb. I was worried that my shoulder might be out of place.
“But after a few minutes it started to feel a little better. It’s sore now, but it’s not dislocated or anything like that.”
Chicago beat New York in a foul-filled game, which saw Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah all ejected in the fourth quarter.