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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Bulls F Deng out vs. Magic

By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As expected, Luol Deng will not play on Thursday night against the Magic and probably won't suit up against the Heat in Miami on Friday. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by rookie James Johnson.

"Day to day," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said after Thursday morning's shootaround. "He's got a strained calf. I don't expect him to play [Thursday] night. [Friday] night, we'll see. I think he could be out for a few days -- you just don't know yet."

Deng hopes to be able to play on Tuesday night against the Grizzlies in Memphis.

In the meantime, Brad Miller (thumb) and Taj Gibson (plantar fasciitis) are expected to play.