Luol Deng has a torn ligament in his left wrist. He is going to bypass surgery, let it heal up a bit, and play through the pain. If that does not sound all that reassuring, well… it is not. On the bright side, Kobe Bryant is having an impressive season thus far, playing through the same problem. That’s like… good, right?
Deng is listed as “week to week.” This means Thibs will have to devise a game-plan without his “glue.” Expect Ronnie Brewer to get most of the load at small forward. With Taj Gibson shooting around today, it is possible that he will be back soon. At which point, the Bulls will have the option to go large with three big men paired up with the guards. Jimmy Butler plays some small forward as well, but Thibs did not even feature him against the Bobbycats – when most of the team was injured – so I doubt we will see him play any significant minutes. Ultimately, we will see more hodge podge line-ups in a season that is beginning to be filled with them. Huzzah!
frustrating curious to hear Deng utter today, “When it happened, I knew it was something serious.” Huh. That is odd. If I recall correctly, Deng went out that game against Charlotte after hurting his wrist, but was subbed back in late in the fourth when the Bobbycats made a “run.” I am beginning to wonder, who it is that does not seem to have any concern about the long-term (read: playoffs) health of the players when they are on the court playing through an injury? Thibs or the players themselves? A combination?
Everything is cool. Injuries are God’s way of making things interesting. Winning all the time gets boring and stuff.