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Deng Hopes to Avoid Surgery on Left Wrist
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng hopes he won't need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.

Deng was injured in the fourth quarter Saturday against Charlotte and figures to miss at least a few more games after sitting out Monday's win over the New Jersey Nets. He says the wrist is still sore, but the pain has gone down ``a lot'' in the past few days.

Even so, surgery remains a possibility, and coach Tom Thibodeau says he is ''week to week.''

Losing Deng for an extended time would be a big blow for the Bulls, who own a league-best 16-3 record even though they've dealt with their share of injuries. He's averaging 15.9 points per game and 7.5 rebounds.

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