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Deng's status uncertain after injuring wrist
By Mike McGraw | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 2/23/2009 4:30 PM | Updated: 2/23/2009 7:30 PM

Bulls forward Luol Deng skipped Monday's practice to get X-rays on his right hand and wrist.

The injury occurred early in Sunday' 98-91 loss at Indiana, though Deng played 35 minutes and finished with 13 points.

"I'm concerned when anybody gets an X-ray," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We'll see what happens. He said he got hit in the first quarter and it swelled up after the game. I think it's more precaution to get it X-rayed, but he does have some swelling in there."

Deng's status for tonight's game against Orlando is uncertain.

Orientation continues: The obvious goal for the Bulls during Monday's practice was to get everyone on the same page as much as possible. Newcomers Brad Miller, John Salmons and Tim Thomas are expected to play a significant role on the team, while guard Anthony Roberson was also added to the roster.

The Bulls begin a stretch of four games in five days tonight against the Magic. They'll face New Jersey and Washington on the road before returning to face Houston on Saturday.

"I think the more games we play, the more comfortable everyone gets with each other," Salmons said. "It was good to practice today, just to be able to make some mistakes without it costing anything."

Salmons led the new Bulls with 25 minutes played at Indiana on Sunday. Miller logged 191/2 minutes, while Thomas had 8.

"It's my job to put it all together and see where they can be successful and guys can feed off each other," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "I think offensively it takes time because the execution and timing of things. Defensively, I think they'll pick things up quicker."

Ex-Bulls start slow: The former Bulls didn't get off to great starts in their new homes. Andres Nocioni made his Sacramento debut during Saturday's 116-95 loss at Dallas. He played 30 minutes but hit just 2 of 11 shots, finishing with 10 points and 7 rebounds.

Cedric Simmons didn't play, while Drew Gooden was inactive. The Kings hosted New Orleans on Monday night.

Larry Hughes hit just 1 of 9 shots and scored 3 points in New York's 111-100 loss at Toronto on Sunday.

Bull horns: Tonight's game against Orlando starts at 7 p.m., a half-hour earlier than usual. ... Former Houston guard Rafer Alston has collected 17 assists in his first two games with the Magic. Guard Jameer Nelson, who was voted an all-star reserve, is out for the year with a shoulder injury.