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Luol Deng returned to hospital Sunday, not with team in Miami

May 5, 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

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This season when the Bulls played the Heat and Luol Deng was on the court, the Bulls outscored the Heat by 19.5 points per 48 minutes. When he was on the bench, the Heat outscored the Bulls by 1.5 per 48.

You don’t want to read too much into regular season meetings come the playoffs but this much is clear — Deng is key to the Bulls chances in a series where they have no margin for error.

And Deng will be out for Game 1 following complications with his spinal tap, reports Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com.

Being back in the hospital on Sunday morning does bode well for him playing Monday night.

The Bulls remain incredibly banged up. Kirk Hinrich’s calf is still an issue and if he plays he is not going to be 100 percent (officially his is listed as questionable). Joakim Noah’s plantar fasciitis is only going to get better with extended rest. Derrick Rose is not walking through that door.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - May 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Naturally.

    • melkipershero - May 6, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      Man. I really dont get on here to stir people up or argue, but you my friend have issues. Every time the Knicks lose it’s because the refs. Not because they don’t play a style that works in the playoffs or anything. Iso basketball fails come playoff time. There’s a reason Melo has made it out of the first round twice in his whole career. His style doesn’t work when it matters. Add in JR Smith, and it’s just a horrible pairing.

      You also think that everything is stacked in Miami’s favor. Look at all these super teams that are failing all over the sports world. Eagles, Marlins, Angels, Dodgers, Lakers, etc. Miami has earned where they are, and they work their asses off to be in the position they are. In the mean time, the Knicks bitch and moan and are just immature. It’s time to man up and take some blame for their struggles, but instead they blame the refs, injuries, suspensions, etc. The Knicks need to grow up and maybe they’ll get somewhere.

    • erckle31 - May 6, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      Keep your smart-ass comments to yourself, he’s in for possible meningitis. Nothing’s a joke when it involves your brain.

  2. rgledz - May 6, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Geez man, do some proofing before you post this crap. “Being in the emergency does bode well for him playing Monday night”???? Fasciitis???? C’mon man, have some pride.

  3. melkipershero - May 6, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Without Deng the Bulls don’t have much of a chance to win the series. Jimmy Butler is a capable replacement, but they could use both of them to help control the Heat’s stars.

  4. raiderinvader - May 6, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Deng this is a bad time to be beat up against the defending champs…..

  5. adeedothatswho - May 6, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Actually, plantar fasciitis can get better without rest. Many people get by with a cortozone shot, though you obviously can’t do that more than a few times. A customized orthodic footbed would help tremendously. Rest doesn’t actually make plantar better….it’s always there. It caused by a lack of support for the rest of the foot, most specifically the arch. If you don’t fix that, you’ll always have that pain.

  6. howsmyrash - May 6, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Did the Bulls really have a chance to win the series with him? Maybe they had a chance to win ONE game with him, but past that it should be an easy repeat for those pricks.

  7. pudgalvin - May 6, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    The same idiots calling for rose’s head were calling out Lou for not playing with “the flu”.

  8. haterhurter937 - May 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Rose is walking through that door…and taking a seat on the bench.

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