Bulls hopeful injured, sick guys return
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI – The ailing Chicago Bulls do not look like they will get any relief from injury or illness in Game 2 against the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (bruised left calf) is questionable for Wednesday’s game, and forward Luol Deng remains in Chicago because of an illness and complications from a spinal tap to test for viral meningitis.
Deng tweeted from a hospital bed Monday: “So proud of my team man, this bed might be good luck after all. #SeeRed #Holdat http://instagram.com/p/Y_kt7YmvOM/”
It remains unclear if Deng, who has missed Chicago’s past three games, will travel to Miami for Game 2 and even if he does, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau isn’t sure he will play. The best plan, Thibodeau said, might be to keep Deng in Chicago and try and get him ready Game 3 and Game 4 in Chicago.
“We’ll make a decision (Wednesday) as to whether it’s better for him to come in or wait another day,” Thibodeau said. “We’re trying to weigh whether it’s better for him to start doing activity back home.”
Hinrich has not played since Game 4 of the Brooklyn-Chicago first-round series and did not sound like a player ready to get on the court for Game 2.
“The swelling is looking better. The coloring is looking better. But as far as functioning and moving, I’m still having lots of trouble – just getting treatment and go from there,” Hinrich said.
Hinrich is not targeting a specific game for his return.
“It’s more a thing where as soon as I feel good enough to play and help,” he said. “Nothing’s really changed. It’s still the same thought process. Just getting more and more frustrated as time’s going on.”