Deng returns to Bulls’ lineup, Hinrich out

Luol Deng was back in Chicago’s lineup after missing the

previous four games because of a sore left Achilles, and Kirk

Hinrich sat out the Bulls’ game Saturday night against Toronto

because of back stiffness.

Deng, averaging 19.4 points and 7.1 rebounds, had not played

since Dec. 5. But the Bulls were again short-handed, with Hinrich

sitting out for the first time this season.

Coach Tom Thibodeau says “hopefully it won’t be anything that

lasts long.”

The Bulls had dropped nine of 12 entering Saturday’s game.

Toronto had lost six of eight.