A sore groin kept Luol Deng out of the preseason game Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Why Rip Hamilton was a late scratch before the second of back-to-back games wasn't clear.

"Nothing, really,'' coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Just with the back-to-back, I wanted to rest both guys.''

Deng underwent pregame treatment for the injury but downplayed the idea that it could linger into the regular season.

Considering he played with a bad wrist most of last season, Deng has earned the benefit of the doubt.

"I think it's more precautionary'' Thibodeau