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Luol Deng has torn ligament in left hand

Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:00 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 3:06 pm
Luol  Deng will miss "a couple of weeks" with a torn ligament in his hand. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

The signs were ominous on Monday and on Tuesday word from the Bulls came out that it was as bad as feared. The Chicago Tribune reports the Bulls announced Tuesday that Deng has a torn ligament in his left hand. At this point, Deng is planning on not having surgery, resting the injury in the short-term, then trying to play through it. The Bulls announced that he is "week to week" and that he would be out a "couple weeks." If that sounds vague, that's because it is. There's no way to tell how the injury will heal without surgery. 

The Bulls will miss Deng most out of all their injured players (including MVP Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson who have both missed time in the past week). He's been an anchor for the team on both sides of the ball. He's one of the premier wing defenders in the league, and has been actually scoring at a ridiculously high clip especially from mid-range this season. 

Kobe Bryant suffered a similar injury, at least in description, and has managed to play through it. He has at times struggled with his shot but also rattled off a string of 40-point game, so it is something that can be treated before games to allow players to play through it. For the short term, however, Deng is out and the Bulls will have to rally. In his absence, Ronnie Brewer has stepped up and is shooting 45 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. The Bulls have rallied past all their other injuries, but you have to wonder if an long-term injury to Deng will slow them down, at least somewhat.  Their depth at point guard without Derrick Rose was considerably better than it is at the small forward spot behind Brewer and Deng.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:54 pm

Luol Deng has torn ligament in left hand

I kind of look at Luol's situation in this light:  If you listen to the radio "talking heads" in Chicago, Deng could be out two months.  After nineteen games the team is sitting at 16-3. If Deng would need to be out for most or all of those thirty games between now and March 24th, I believe the WORST the Bulls would play would be 15-15, with an overall of 31-18.  He then returns with seventeen regular season games left.  He returns, the teams has seventeen regular season games to recalibrate, winning 10 of seventeen during that stretch.  To me, 41-25 would still be an outstanding level to be at, even if they aren't at the top of their conference or even their division.  I hope Luol will be persuaded to take an extended rest (even have the necessary surgery), forcing the team to work through their Noah-Boozer blending issues, and work Deng back into the mix just in time for a sweet championship run.  Take care of yourself, Luol! 

Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:29 pm

Luol Deng has torn ligament in left hand

Get well soon Luol, the UK needs its only decent player fit for the olympics

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:42 pm

Luol Deng has torn ligament in left hand

They can get through a good chunk of the schedule without him, but he is vital to them doing anything in the playoffs.  The author compares the injury to Kobe and the difference is that he is not relied on to shoot nearly as much as someone like Kobe, but he is thje glue on defense and also is usually the one to slash to the basket when a defense starts to swarm around Rose.  Deng is far and away the #2 on this team.  They should take their time with him.  It may cost them some wins, but I would gladly trade HC advantage for a healthy Deng in the playoffs.  We are toast vs. Miami without Deng on the floor.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:38 pm

Luol Deng has torn ligament in left hand

Deng is the heartbeat of this team! He does everything. When they need someone to step up, its Luol. 2 weeks is gonna hurt. Hurry back Luol!

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:29 pm

Luol Deng has torn ligament in left hand

They will make the playoffs easily. 
Why have the guy play hurt in february when they know they don't need him to win at that point of the season.
They will need him healthy to make it to the Finals, this is smart, besides Brewer is a good player and can pick up the slack.  

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