Deng will likely sit out his sixth in a row as he recovers from a spinal tap after an illness that left him hospitalized and caused him to lose 15 pounds. He had tried to work out Saturday and wound up vomiting. He attempted to practice on Sunday and became ill during warmups, forcing him to stop.
Deng had missed the previous two games due to a sore hip.
Deng has averaged a very impressive 27.0 points over the last three games, 10.3 more than his season mark.
Deng has 20 or more points in four of his last six games.
He's totaled 20 points on 8-of-24 shooting in his last two. He was elbowed in the mouth against the Sixers on Thursday.
Deng had averaged 11.6 points on 32.4 percent shooting in his previous five games.
Deng, who shot 10 of 21, also matched season highs with seven assists and four steals. He had averaged 11.3 points on 32.0 percent shooting in his previous four games.
The Bulls won three of five without Deng as his absence was eased by the strong play of backup Jimmy Butler. The second-year forward averaged 14.2 points and more than 45 minutes per game starting in Deng's place.
Deng was 5 of 16 for 13 points just two nights earlier.
Deng, a 44.0 percent shooter from the field this season, has been susceptible to hot-and-cold shooting.
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