Back pain sidelines Bulls' Deng against Lakers

LOS ANGELES -- Luol Deng, the Chicago Bulls' second-leading
scorer, sat out Sunday night against the Los Angeles Lakers because
of lower back pain.

Deng, averaging 14.6 points and 6.0 rebounds, started Chicago's
previous eight games this season and all 82 last season, when he
averaged 18.8 points and 7.1 rebounds -- both career bests.

Deng had 10 points and seven rebounds while playing 27 minutes
in a 92-73 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

"It's too bad he can't play tonight, obviously," coach Scott
Skiles said. "He's another guy we have who has a small chance of
doing something to Kobe [Bryant] with his length. But he's out, and
we'll move on."

The 22-year-old forward is in his fourth NBA season -- all with
the Bulls. Phoenix made the 6-foot-9, 220-pounder the seventh
overall pick in the 2004 draft before trading him to Chicago. Deng
played one season at Duke before entering the draft.

"I was looking forward to a Lamar-Deng matchup," Lakers coach
Phil Jackson said, referring to Los Angeles forward Lamar Odom.

"We had trouble with Deng last year."