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The Bulls will be without Luol Deng in the nation's capital. Can Jimmy Butler continue to thrive as a starter?
Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng will miss Saturday night's game against the Washington Wizards as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner reports. It will be Deng's fifth consecutive game on the sidelines.
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With the Bulls getting settled in the nation's capital, second-year pro Jimmy Butler will start once again at small forward. He's been a pleasant surprise in Deng's place so far, averaging 15.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists over his first four games as a starter this month.
Deng, 27, made his second All-Star team this season as one of the key players on a surprisingly competitive Bulls squad. Over 38 games this season, he's averaging 17.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a league-leading 39.8 minutes per contest.
The Bulls and Wizards tip off a 7 p.m. ET from Verizon Center.