CHICAGO -- Luol Deng (Achilles), Joakim Noah (bruise) and Jimmy Butler (turf toe) will not play for the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Deng, who initially injured his Achilles against the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 27, sat out Saturday's home loss to the Pistons and hasn't been able to do much in practice.
[+] EnlargeJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesLuol Deng's Achilles injury will keep him out of a second straight game.
"It's still tight," coach Tom Thibodeau said of Deng's injury. The revelation comes as a surprise given that Thibodeau was asked at Tuesday's shootaround whether or not anyone else was dealing with an injury besides Deng, Butler or Mike James (who is available despite missing last week due to a knee injury) and he said, "No."
The Bulls' starters tonight will be Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer, Nazr Mohammed, Tony Snell and Kirk Hinrich.
Butler, who suffered his injury in a Nov. I'm moving a lot better, jumping off of it better, so we'll just see every day that I wake up how I'm feeling."
Butler acknowledged that it has been tough for him to sit out and rehab the toe injury.
"Terrible," Butler said. But they're just constantly telling me to take my time, make sure I'm back at full strength so you don't re-aggravate it or make it worse."
Butler missed a chunk of training camp because of knee soreness and looked like he was just getting his timing back before the toe injury. Thibodeau has said Butler will return to the starting lineup at some point, but it appears as if Butler may come off the bench after he returns. Snell, a rookie, has played well in place of Butler in the starting lineup.
"I want to see where he is conditioning-wise," Thibodeau said of Butler. It may not be his normal minutes initially, but he'll get there."