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Chicago Bulls rookie forward Luol Deng will visit a hand specialist at Rush University Medical Center today after an MRI performed yesterday revealed a ligament injury to his right wrist. Deng will not accompany the team to Miami.
http://bulls.realgm.com/

Bad news. Hope he can return quickly!

After no trouble with Injuries till mid season , we're definitely having our share now. Lucky Pax built quite a deep team.
 

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Be thankful that Nocioni is with us, as he is more than just a backup SF.

Get healthy Luol, and I hope the wrist is ok. We're going to need you for the playoffs.
 

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Time to bump the Arrrghghghghghghghgh thread again! :sad:

This is a major blow for this team during the playoffs, we really needed everyone in some form or another.
 

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deng!


not good. before the charlotte game it was just a sprain. now it's ligament damage requiring surgery? this sucks.

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SERENITY NOW!!!!!

This was a punch in the stomach for sure. Hopefully the bench can continue to make the big impact that they have lately.
 

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How big is Nocioni going to become now?

You know, it might be a good thing for us to have Nocioni guarding the big scorers in the playoffs instead of Deng. While they are both rookies, Nocioni not only has the Gold Medal, but he already has a reputation around the league as a tough defender, and I think Noce will fare better with the officials.

It would be nice to have both, but what a back-up if Deng can't go. His offense is really starting to come around, he is getting to the hole much more often and shooting less 3's. And I truly believe he'll be able to play defense in the playoffs because IMO he will get respect from the officials.
 

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Hustle said:
I hope when you say he might be out for the season you mean the regular season or I will just be sick.
prepare to be sick. head between the knees. deep breath.

i heard the same report. wrist surgery. "likely" done for the season.
 

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How big is Nocioni going to become now?

You know, it might be a good thing for us to have Nocioni guarding the big scorers in the playoffs instead of Deng. While they are both rookies, Nocioni not only has the Gold Medal, but he already has a reputation around the league as a tough defender, and I think Noce will fare better with the officials.

It would be nice to have both, but what a back-up if Deng can't go. His offense is really starting to come around, he is getting to the hole much more often and shooting less 3's. And I truly believe he'll be able to play defense in the playoffs because IMO he will get respect from the officials.
I'm starting to like the idea of Noce as the primary defender too. He's quickly earned himself the rep as an agitator, and as you mentioned, his offense isn't hindering his minutes or the team's production as much as it was the first half of the season.
 

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By the way, Hey Everyone! I've been creeping this board for awhile and decided it's a perfect time to start. Look forward to posting. :cheers:
 

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I think Andres will play very well with extended minutes. He only got 30+ minutes once in December and January and not at all in February. But in March, he played 30 or more minutes 7 times:

34.6 min, 47.7% FG, 79.3% FT, 12.4 pts, 7.7 reb, 3.1 ast (2.7 TO), 0.71 steals

IF he can play like that and defend like he did on LeBron in big minutes, we shouldn't miss Deng very much at all.
 

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Bulls rookie forward Luol Deng is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his right wrist, Bulls general manager John Paxson said Monday.

The Bulls' last regular-season game is April 20.

Deng, a starter who averages 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, likely will undergo surgery after an MRI Sunday night revealed a torn ligament in his wrist, which he hurt in the Bulls' 94-86 win over Memphis March 28. He played in subsequent wins at Charlotte and at home against Cleveland, but sat out Saturday's game against the Hornets because of the injury.



http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/basketball/nba/04/04/bulls.ap/
 

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Yeah, welcome tweedy.

On topic though...I just thank Pax for Nocioni. He may be our redeeming factor come playoff time. His gold medal experience could potentially have a Ginobili circa 2003 playoffs type effect. It also wouldn't surprise me if Pax used our open roster spot to pick up another SG/SF, just as insurance. Who are some prospects?
 

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tweedy said:
By the way, Hey Everyone! I've been creeping this board for awhile and decided it's a perfect time to start. Look forward to posting. :cheers:
Welcome tweedy!

But talk about bad news for starts. I'll dread your posts from now on :biggrin:

Anyway - Noc is a great replacement , but our team depth , defense , offense all take a very big hit with Deng out. What a bad timing. Who knows , we might miss Big Ed too to be as unlucky as we can get in our first playoffs in 6 years!

Yikes...
 
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