Deng questionable for Bulls' matchup with Memphis


Deng questionable for Bulls' matchup with Memphis

BOSTONAfter straining his right hamstring with 1:56 remaining in the third quarter of the Bulls overtime win Friday night over the Celtics, Luol Dengs status is up in the air for Saturday evenings matchup with Memphis at the United Center.

I got a fast break, Jo threw the ball. Just tried to take off and I just feltas soon as I got the ball, as soon I pushed offI just felt a pull, he said about the injury, a re-aggravation from Wednesday nights overtime win in Toronto, in which he briefly exited the contest in the opening period, but quickly returned and hit the game-winning shot. Its just swelling. Its painful. In the hallway, I tried to run and tried to go back in the game for my teammates, but I couldnt. I had a hard time running, he said. I dont know yet. Well see tomorrow. Well see in the morning.

I dont percentage out very well.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was also unsure about whether Deng would play against the Grizzlies in Chicago.

Bulls trainer Fred Tedeschi has got to have him examined. He wanted to come back, but he was not able to do it. Well see where he is, said the coach. Weve got to wait until the doctor examines him.

Three Things to Watch: Bulls take on Suns


Three Things to Watch: Bulls take on Suns

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Bulls take on the Phoenix Suns Sunday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.

1. Something's got to give

What's the opposite of an unstoppable force vs. an immovable object? That's what we'll be looking at when the Bulls have the ball in their hands. Chicago ranks dead last in offensive efficiency, while the Suns have the 2nd worst defensive efficiency in the NBA. That means the Bulls, after scoring a season-high 123 points against the Hornets, can build on that momentum against a Suns defense that allowed 90 points in the FIRST HALF to the Rockets on Thursday.

2. Kris Dunn for real?

Fresh off the best game of his young career - he scored 22 points in a win over the Hornets on Friday - Kris Dunn continues to look like the best point guard on the Bulls roster. He's going through a really solid stretch right now, averaging 13.2 points on 47 percent shooting, 4.2 assists and 2.6 steals over his last four games. With Eric Bledsoe out of Phoenix, Dunn could be in line for another big game going up against Mike James and Tyler Ulis, regardless of whether or not he starts over Jerian Grant.

3. Watch out for Devin Booker

We'll try to get an opponent in here once for every tune-in, and Devin Booker certainly fits the bill. Much like Dunn is doing, Booker is on quite a roll these days. Over his last four games Booker is averaging 30.5 points on 51 percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. The Bulls will need to keep their eyes on Booker at all times, especially after allowing Kemba Walker to go off for 47 points on Friday.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?


Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson react to a breakout game from Kris Dunn against the Hornets Friday night. They’ll discuss his development and how it impacts rookie Lauri Markkanen. Plus just how long will both the Wolves and Bulls be judged on the Jimmy Butler trade? Is Dwight Howard a hall of famer? And a new era in Philly with Simmons and Embiid. That and more on this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast.