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Saturday, January 21, 2012
Luol Deng latest banged-up Bull

By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls injury woes seem to get worse by the day.

Derrick Rose (toe), Taj Gibson (ankle), Joakim Noah (ankle) and John Lucas III (groin) all sat out Saturday night's 95-89 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Luol Deng injured his left wrist late in the game and wore a huge ice pack over it in the locker room after it was over. All five players will be re-evaluated on Sunday morning by the Bulls' medical team.

Rose missed his fourth consecutive game because of the turf toe injury, but Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau sounds confident that the young guard is improving each day.

"[Rose is] day to day," Thibodeau said before Saturday's contest. "It keeps getting better. So we're encouraged by that. All the swelling is gone. ... Only Derrick knows how he feels, so when he says he can go, he'll go."

Gibson's prognosis does not sound as good. The third-year forward remains in a walking boot and was hobbling around before and after the game.

"We can't even put a timeline on it," Gibson said. "Hopefully this thing goes away in the next couple of days, or I can get some feeling back so I can play. But right now it's about icing. That's the best thing I can hope for right now."

Noah, who was actually announced as Saturday's starter by Bulls' PA man Tommy Edwards, was replaced right before tipoff by Omer Asik.

"Thibs was just like 'Try, try everything,'" Noah said. "I went in and got treatment early this morning. Came for shootaround early. Did all the treatment. Tried to just get layup lines and all that, I just had no push. But it will come back quick."

Noah is hopeful he will be able to return on Monday against the New Jersey Nets. Meanwhile, Deng believes he will be OK after his checkup on Sunday.

"I just got hit on it, but it will be fine," Deng said.

The veteran forward said he wasn't even sure how the injury occurred.

"It's a sprain of his left wrist," Thibodeau said. "He is day to day. I took him out at the end because he said he needed a break and he went back to have his wrist checked."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.