Thibodeau cautious with Deng, Rose

February, 26, 2012
2/26/12
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng only played six minutes in the first quarter of Sunday night's All-Star game due to falling on his injured left wrist. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, also the head coach for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, decided not to put Deng back into the game.

"We planned to play more minutes to begin with," Deng said, while trying to downplay the lack of playing time. "I knew I was going to play the last six minutes of the first quarter and I was going to play again in the second. There was a play at the end of the quarter as I was backpedaling and I kind of tripped up. Nothing that [was major]. It didn't hurt or anything. He asked me about it and I said, 'You know what? If it's something that we can avoid and just get back to practice [Monday].' But I really enjoyed myself out there. The time, the experience I got to be out there."

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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