Luol Deng returns vs. Knicks

Updated: April 11, 2013, 8:17 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, who missed the last two games with a bruised hip, will play limited minutes against the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

After Deng went through Thursday's shootaround in preparation for a matchup with the Knicks, coach Tom Thibodeau said, "He did everything."

"It feels good to have a few people back and just knowing we're going into (the Knicks game) strong and trying to protect our home floor, trying to get a win," Jimmy Butler said.

Marco Belinelli, who has been nursing an abdominal strain, was also in action Thursday night, as was Richard Hamilton, who returned to action Tuesday after a long stint on the bench while nursing a bulging disc in his lower back.

Joakim Noah, who has missed nine of the past 10 games with plantar fasciitis was out. Taj Gibson (knee) and Derrick Rose (knee) were also out.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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