Luol Deng's injured left wrist remains largely a mystery, which appears to be how he wants it.
"Lu is an old-school guy," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He came in and said, 'My wrist is injured. I think i'll be fine. I've got a couple more doctors we want to talk to and we'll go from there.' He said he's able to move it and it was feeling better today and that it's day to day. I'm good with that."
Deng's wrist was heavily bandaged when he entered the United Center after being ruled out of Monday night's game earlier in the day. The usually accommodating Deng did not make himself available to reporters before the game. Thibodeau said he was not aware of the results of Monday's MRI and that Deng would consult with specialists before a diagnosis was made.
"I don't think he'll need surgery," Thibodeau said. "Again, there's more doctors that he wants to talk to."
Losing Deng for an extended period would be a blow to a team that has suffered more than its fair share of injuries lately. Deng's versatility both offensively and defensively makes him invaluable. Ronnie Brewer got the start at small forward against the Nets on Monday night. Kyle Korver, Brian Scalabrine, Rip Hamilton and rookie Jimmy Butler could also log minutes if Deng is out for an extended period.
"You can't say enough about what he brings to our team in all areas," Thibodeau said. "It starts with his leadership and toughness. The fact that he's our best defender, guards multiple positions, plays to win, does whatever you ask him to do, sets a great example in practice every day. You can't really say enough about him. He's having an All-Star type of year."