Deng back in starting lineup

Coming off his stunning return Friday night in Washington, Luol Deng is in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said Deng was gonna start anyway, but James Johnson — who had been holding down the starting small forward spot — won’t play because of the partially torn tendon in his right foot that he’s been playing with.

“James is just in too much pain,” Del Negro said.

Friday against the Wizards, Deng had 14 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes. He was 6-for-8 from the field and didn’t show the rust you normally would see in a player that had sat out 11 games.

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