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Bulls Lose Deng for the Season With Wrist Injury

Tuesday, April 5, 2005; Page D10

Bulls rookie F Luol Deng is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his right wrist, Bulls GM John Paxson said yesterday.

Deng, a starter who averages 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, likely will undergo surgery after an MRI exam Sunday night revealed a torn ligament in his wrist. The injury occurred during the Bulls' 94-86 win over the Grizzlies on March 28.

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He played in wins at Charlotte and against Cleveland, but sat out Saturday's game against the Hornets because of the injury. The Bulls' last regular season game is April 20.

"That's a huge blow to us," Paxson said. "We were so lucky early on with no injuries and now we have a bunch."

C Eddy Curry, who missed the last two games because of tests for an irregular heartbeat, could be back playing by the end of the week after being released from the hospital yesterday, Paxson said. The problems Curry experienced before a March 30 game against Charlotte have dissipated, Bulls physician Kathy Weber said.

G Kirk Hinrich, who was out with a sore left hamstring and played limited minutes Saturday, will make the upcoming road trip. Despite the injuries, the Bulls go for their 10th straight win tonight.

• SWIFT RETURN: Grizzlies F Stromile Swift was cleared to return to practice after missing one game with an irregular heartbeat.

Doctors were able to correct the problem, the team said in a statement yesterday.

Swift didn't feel well after a morning shoot-around Sunday, and a series of tests that afternoon showed an irregular heartbeat. He was placed on the injured list before the Grizzlies' 102-82 win against the Lakers on Sunday night.

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