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Curry could return to floor by end of week

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is expected to
miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his right
wrist, ending his solid rookie campaign.

The Bulls' regular season ends April 20, but they have won nine
straight games and are on their way to making the playoffs for the
first time since Michael Jordan's last season with Chicago in 1998.
General manager John Paxson didn't address Monday whether Deng
could be back for the postseason.

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

He played in wins at Charlotte and against Cleveland, but sat
out Saturday's game against the Bobcats 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."

Meanwhile, center Eddy Curry could be back playing "by the end
of the week," after being released from the hospital Monday,
Paxson said. Curry has missed the last two games after being
hospitalized Wednesday for an irregular heartbeat, but his heart
problems have dissipated, Bulls team physician Dr. Kathy Weber
said.

Curry, the Bulls' leading scorer with 16.1 points per game,
underwent tests at Rush University Medical Center to better
determine his cardiac function. Bulls officials said he will be
allowed to resume play if several outpatient tests over the next
two days turn out normal.

Bulls coach Scott Skiles has said the 22-year-old Curry will be
brought back into action slowly because of the expected loss of
conditioning.

Guard Kirk Hinrich, who missed several games recently because of
a sore left hamstring and played limited minutes Saturday, will
make the Bulls' upcoming road trip, Paxson said.

Despite the injuries, the Bulls go for their 10th straight win
at Miami Tuesday.