Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng injured his left shoulder during Chicago's Friday night victory over the New York Knicks. Deng felt pain in his shoulder after getting tangled with Knicks point guard Jason Kidd, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago. Deng will have his shoulder re-evaluated on Saturday.
After the game, Deng told ESPN that initially after the contact his arm was numb but that it improved as the game progressed. After the game Deng described the shoulder as sore.
Deng led Chicago with 29 points in the 110-106 victory over New York. Deng is Chicago's leading scorer for the season, currently averaging 17.7 points per game. For a Bulls squad already without star point guard Derrick Rose, who suffered torn knee ligaments in last season's playoffs, losing Deng for any length of time would be a significant blow.
The Bulls currently hold a one-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks for first place in the Central Division.