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Luol Deng officially day-to-day, but seems doubtful for remainder of the series vs. Heat

May 13, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

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Luol Deng has been dealing with complications from a spinal tap he underwent late in the Bulls first round series against the Nets. Now that we’re approaching Game 4 of his team’s series against the Heat, things don’t seem to be improving quickly enough that a return to the court would seem likely anytime soon.

Deng went through a physical ordeal, and while he’s trying to do what he can to get himself back into basketball shape, his body is simply not yet responding.

From the Chicago Tribune (via HoopsHype):

Moments after the Bulls coach called Luol Deng “day to day” and left Deng’s Game 4 availability open because “hopefully, with another 24 hours he’s better,” Deng painted a graver picture. “I did some individual work (Saturday) and I started throwing up a little bit. I couldn’t finish the workout,” Deng said. “I tried to practice (Sunday) and the same thing. I just warmed up and couldn’t get through practice. My body, my system is not reacting well to anything I’m doing right now.”

Indeed, Deng continues to sound doubtful for the remainder of the series, even though he admitted he talked to Thibodeau about giving “five or 10 minutes or whatever to give these guys a little break.” Deng’s illness and subsequent serious complications from a spinal tap that necessitated a blood patch to heal have created a long recovery road. “It’s not as bad as it was before,” Deng said. “But I can’t even get through a regular warm-up.”

Deng isn’t a high-energy interior force that could give his team an emotional lift in short bursts like we’ve seen from David Lee of the Warriors a few times in this postseason.

Instead, Deng is an All-Star contributor who the Bulls rely on for heavy minutes, and who tends to impact the game more subtly after feeling out its rhythm before knowing when to attack.

It’s looking more and more as if the Bulls will have to continue the fight against the Heat without Deng for the rest of the series — one which isn’t likely to last beyond Game 5 considering the talent disparity between the two rosters.

  1. stayhigh_247 - May 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    what the hell did those butchers do to him? note to self “stay away from Rush Hospital!”

    • badintent - May 13, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      It’s what they Didn’t do! Like sterilize the area Befoe they stuck a needle in him for the tap. I hear some ambulance chasers running pass my office even as we speak.

  2. tibbs7 - May 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    If he needed a blood patch he was leaking cerebral spinal fluid after the procedure. Does not sound like an infection as the source of this issue.

  3. supremekingz - May 13, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    I still say he needs to forget about basketball for a while. His health is more important

  4. logisticalvoices - May 13, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    He’ll still be back before D-Rose.

  5. 91devinhester23 - May 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    i love these constant updates

    “yup, the bulls still have to play bench players 48 minutes”

  6. nard100 - May 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Take a powder, this series is over anyway.

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