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Deng injures shoulder in Bulls' win

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Deng injures shoulder in Bulls' win

NEW YORK At the midway point in the third quarter of the Bulls wild, 110-106 Friday night win over the Eastern Conference-leading Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Luol Deng was stripped by New York veteran guard Jason Kidd and doubled over in pain, clutching his left shoulder. During the ensuing timeout, Deng was seen trying to stretch his left arm and when play resumed, he remained on the Bulls bench, attended to by the teams trainers and with a heat pack on his shoulder.

At the 3:26 mark of the same period, Deng checked back into the game, en route to notching 29 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Immediately after the game, Deng talked about the injury to CSNChicago.com while still on the court.

I really don't know. We'll check it. It's sore right now. I was going up for a shot at J-Kidd kind of stopped my arm from the motion, Deng told CSNChicago.com. I hope it's just a muscle. We'll check it though.

He later discussed the injury in greater detail in the visitors locker room, after removing an ice wrap.

I was just going up for the shot. He Kidd kind of hit my arm when I was going up and well see tomorrow with my shoulder, Deng recounted. I felt it right away in my shoulder, but my arm was just numb, so I was worried that my shoulder would be out of place. But after a few minutes, it started to feel a little better. Its sore now, but its not dislocated or anything like that.

Were going to check again tomorrow, but I dont know exactly what it is. Its something with a ligament there. I dont know if its a sprain, he continued. Its almost like a pulled muscle. I dont really know. Ive never had anything like this.

Well see how it feels tomorrow morning and then well go from there.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau also shared his thoughts about the scenario.

I think hes fine, the coach said, before offering his opinion on the play itself, in particular, Kidd not being whistled for a foul. Some would say strip. Others would say something else.

He said, Im good, put me back in. I said, Im good, youre going back in, Thibodeau continued, referencing Deng being reinserted into the contest. He just got nicked up.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Niko Mirotic fight affects Bulls now and in the future

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Niko Mirotic fight affects Bulls now and in the future

On an emergency edition of our Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, Will Perdue and Vincent Goodwill react to the Bobby Portis-Nikola Mirotic fight in practice.

Hear what Vincent’s sources are telling him what happened, plus the group discusses how the fight will likely impact the team now — and in the long-term. Will also shares his story on why Michael Jordan punched him during a practice.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Bobby Portis punches Nikola Mirotic, breaking bones in Mirotic's face

Bobby Portis punches Nikola Mirotic, breaking bones in Mirotic's face

Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic were involved in an altercation that resulted in Mirotic suffering two broken bones in his face after Portis punched him, according to sources.

Mirotic, who’s out indefinitely, was evaluated for a concussion and taken to a hospital, where he was released but was apparently a bit out of it, according to a source. The altercation began with pushing and shoving between the two before Mirotic lunged forward at Portis and Portis hit Mirotic, sending him to the floor.

“I’ve seen worse,” a witness said.

Mirotic was taken to the training room and Portis went to the other side of the floor.

Apparently the two have had testy moments since Portis entered the league in 2015. The two play the same position and have battled for minutes, with Portis often getting the short end in the rotation.

Where this leaves Portis with the Bulls for the immediate future as far as a suspension is unknown.

But what was supposed to be a so-called nondescript season has suddenly put the spotlight on the players and the coaching staff, who’ll have to navigate the relationship between the two teammates.