Luol Deng still not with Bulls; Kirk Hinrich ‘most likely’ out for Game 5
The Chicago Bulls face elimination Wednesday night in Miami as the team will likely be with the same roster it had in its last game against the Heat.
According to a tweet Wednesday morning from Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, all-star forward Luol Deng did not travel with the team to Miami after the Bulls suffered a blowout loss at home on Monday night. He is still recovering from a spinal tap that resulted in a negative test for meningitis and hasn’t played since April 29, Game 5 of the team’s first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said in an ESPNChicago report on Wednesday that Hinrich is “most likely” out for Game 5, too, as the point guard continues to deal with a bruised calf. He hasn’t played since April 27, Game 4 of the Bulls-Nets series. Thibodeau added that Hinrich’s recovery is moving along and he is improving but is still not in game-ready shape.
Bulls update: Luol Deng did not travel to South Florida, Derrick Rose of course is out, Kirk Hinrich assuredly is out, as well.—
Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) May 15, 2013