Luol Deng sprains ankle

Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng sprained his right ankle in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s 120-97 loss to the Houston Rockets and is questionable for Wednesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers.

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Deng stayed in the game after the injury and played 36 minutes, but he was limping badly as he walked out of the United Center.

“We’ll see,” Deng said. “I twisted my ankle in the first quarter. We’ll see how it feels.”

Deng has not missed a game this season but has battled several nagging injuries all year while ranking among the league leaders in minutes played at almost 41 per game. He is still dealing with a torn ligament in his wrist that he chose not to have surgery for during the summer. He has a strained muscle in his left shoulder and now the ankle injury, which could cost him some time.

Deng is averaging 18 points and eight rebounds a game this season.

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