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Deng, Watson game-time decisions for Jazz tonight

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The availability of Luol Deng (wrist) and C.J. Watson (ankle) for tonight's game against the Jazz at the United Center will be a game-time decision, according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

"Nothing is happening that wasn't expected," Thibodeau said of Deng, who tore a ligament in his left wrist on Jan. 21. Deng opted against surgery and returned to the team after missing seven games but acknowledged after Thursday night's game that the injury has become painful and may force him to miss some games.

Deng and Watson did not practice with the team Saturday at the Berto Center.

"Since I've been here it's his leadership," Thibodeau said when asked what Deng brings to the team. "He plays tough, he's mentally strong and he helps us even when he's not shooting well. He guards basically four positions, you can count on him every night. He brings a lot of toughness, a lot of intangibles to our team that leads to winning. Even though he has good statistics I don't think you can measure him statistically. He's just a winning player."

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