"I think it's big," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said of Deng's return. "I think we learned from the past," Deng said recently. "I think the players, too. We talk to each other. Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is in the starting lineup Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors. Deng, who leads the Chicago with 19.6 points per game, has missed the last five games due to a sore left Achilles' tendon. In the past I would have been out there playing and then missing another month or so and I really don't want to do that. He and the Bulls have taken a more cautious approach regarding his status considering the organization's championship aspirations disappeared after Derrick Rose went down for the season with another knee injury on Nov. 22. Guys are playing well, we're getting guys back, and I don't want to come in and then out again.