After tearing a ligament in his right wrist, Chicago Bulls' forward Luol Deng will be reportedly "out for a while." Head coach Tom Thibodeau said his status is currently "week-to-week" and that surgery isn't planned, but it could happen.

"That's always a possibility," Thibodeau said. "The fact is it's his left wrist. After consulting with the doctors, he feels this is the best course of action. So obviously we're pleased that he doesn't have to have the surgery."

However, it's not as bad as it seems. At least, according to Deng himself.

"I know it's a bad injury, and it sounds terrible, but I'll be fine," Deng said.

Deng doesn't want surgery as he does want the 16-3 Bulls to get in as a title-contenders.

"I really feel like we have a very good chance of doing something special," Deng said. "And I feel like without the surgery I'll be fine. I just know what I can do with it and what I can't do. And I really think I'm going to be very effective out there. There's going to be days when it's sore."

Deng was injured during the fourth quarter in a game against the Bobcats on Saturday.

"It could always be worse. Injuries happen," Deng said. "And this happened in the fourth quarter of a game. But it is what is. It's just, 'What do we do from here.' I'm very confident that I'll be fine. It's sore, but the soreness is going down a lot in two days. So every day [I'll] keep treating it and see if I can get rid of the soreness and just try to be back there as soon as possible."

Deng has been a strong contributor to the Bulls this season, especially since Rose was gone for a period of time, as he is currently averaging about 16 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

He'll only miss a couple games, ten at tops, without surgery as it looks like. I think Chicago will do fine without him. But once he returns, Chicago will be back to rollin' with D-Rose and company.
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