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Hinrich, Deng to play, Noah to start

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WASHINGTON -- The Bulls should have a full compliment of players tonight against the Washington Wizards, although a couple of players will only see limited minutes.

Kirk Hinrich, who's battling a sprained left ankle, participated in shootaround and will play.

"He's a tough kid, a competitor," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said of Hinrich. "He's hobbling out there a little bit, so I'll just monitor and see how he feels and he'll give us whatever he can."

Hinrich, though, said he was encouraged by the progress his ankle has made.

"It feels pretty good today," he said. "I'm happy with the improvement it's made in the last couple of days."

The Bulls also could get small forward Luol Deng back on the active roster.

"I think we'll get a few minutes from him," Del Negro said of Deng. "He's a little sore today, so I want to see how he warms up before the game. But hopefully he'll be out there for a few minutes tonight."

Joakim Noah, who's been battling plantar fasciitis for more than two months, will make his first start since Feb. 3 tonight. Noah will be limited to around 30 minutes.

Rookie James Johnson (partial torn foot tendon) will start at small forward.

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