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Depth defying

Not even deep, talented Bulls can attain ultimate goal without unheralded Luol Deng

Updated: January 25, 2012, 11:30 AM ET
By Michael Wilbon | ESPNChicago.com

As inspired as the "next man up" effort has been, yet another injury could make you wonder if this one, a torn ligament in Luol Deng's left wrist, will push the Chicago Bulls to the tipping point. While Deng is said to be week-to-week, the reality is much more precarious, much scarier to the Bulls' championship aspirations.

As much credit as coach Tom Thibodeau deserves for getting the team to play through just about anything, there are certain realities in the NBA. The first one is that ...

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