Deng, Butler, Hinrich out for Bulls

The Chicago Bulls were without Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler and Kirk

Hinrich against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.

Cleveland was without second-leading scorer Dion Waiters, who

missed his second straight game because of a sore right wrist. No.

1 draft pick Anthony Bennett also sat out his second in a row

because of an illness.

Deng, averaging 19.6 points, is missing his second straight game

for Chicago because of a sore left Achilles tendon. Butler left

Thursday’s game at Oklahoma City because of a sprained right

ankle.

The Bulls were hoping Hinrich would return from an ailing back

against Cleveland. Instead, he’s missing his fifth straight

game.

”He’s moving better,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. ”The fact

that he did shooting yesterday (Friday). Today, to be able to go

through shootaround, I think is a good sign.”

The Bulls visit Brooklyn on Wednesday. Chicago had dropped four

straight and 13 of 16 entering Saturday’s game against the

Cavaliers.