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Luol Deng out, Butler set to fill in

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06:47 PM ET 01.19 | Bulls small forward Luol Deng went up for a rebound on Friday night, but when he came down he immediately grabbed his hamstring. Deng was forced to leave the game in the third quarter and didn't return. After the game, Deng said he has tweaked his hamstring and likely won't be ready to play tomorrow against the Memphis Grizzlies. "I tried to take off and as soon as I pushed off, I felt a pull." Deng said after the game, via Chicago Tribune beat writer K.C. Johnson. "It's swollen and painful." Deng originally injured his hamstring in the Bulls' win on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors. Deng stayed in the game and eventually hit the game-winner, but he wasn't able to finish on Friday. Should Deng not be able to play on Saturday, which is looking like a distinct possibility, Jimmy Butler is looking at a start instead. Deng ended his night with three points in 27 minutes, while Butler played 25 minutes and scored 13 points.

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January 20, 2013  10:59 AM ET

Bad news in Chitown!

 
January 20, 2013  11:50 AM ET

As bad as this injury can be, it was a good sign that he could finish the game. Seems like he won't be out long.

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