|Luol Deng, Bulls' second-leading scorer, sits out against Lakers|
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|Sunday, 18 November 2007 15:58|
Deng, averaging 14.6 points and 6.0 rebounds, started Chicago's previous eight games this season and all 82 last season, when he averaged 18.8 points and 7.1 rebounds - both career bests.
Deng had 10 points and seven rebounds while playing 27 minutes in a 92-73 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.
``It's too bad he can't play tonight, obviously,'' coach Scott Skiles said. ``He's another guy we have who has a small chance of doing something to Kobe (Bryant) with his length. But he's out, and we'll move on.''
The 22-year-old forward is in his fourth NBA season - all with the Bulls. Phoenix made the 6-foot-9, 220-pounder the seventh overall pick in the 2004 draft before trading him to Chicago. Deng played one season at Duke before entering the draft.
``I was looking forward to a Lamar-Deng matchup,'' Lakers coach Phil Jackson said, referring to Los Angeles forward Lamar Odom. ``We had trouble with Deng last year.