Jan 10, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng (9) drives during the first half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Cavs’ Luol Deng said his Achilles is ‘fine’


Luol Deng made his debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night playing 21 minutes. Deng missed nine games with the Bulls in December with an Achilles injury and he said he is “fine.”

“I’ve been saying every game it’s been feeling better,” Deng said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It’s going to get better and better. I didn’t even know that I played 21 minutes.

“I’m fine. I do a great job of taking care of my body. I’m 28 years old. I’ve been in the league for 10 years. I started early, but I’m only 28. I eat healthy, I take care of myself. I feel great.”

Head coach Mike Brown praised Deng after his debut.

“I thought it was good,” Brown said. “The stuff he was saying to our guys at halftime, before the game, in the huddles, during the flow of action, he was great on the bench. I thought on the floor, you could see some little nuances that he has out there in terms of feel for the game that’s going to help us dramatically once he gets comfortable and once we get comfortable with him.”

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  • Gary

    Why did he only play 21 minutes? After averaging 37 with the Bulls?