As Monday's Game 1 against the Miami Heat approached, Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich were both listed as doubtful and questionable to suit up for the contest. Neither wound up playing, but the Bulls still managed to overcome the heavily favored Heat, taking Game 1 of the second-round series.
It was announced early yesterday that Deng wouldn't be playing, as the forward was once again administered into the hospital on Sunday. He continues to deal with the impact of his spinal tap, and he was forced to watch Game 1 from his hospital bed.
While Hinrich was with the team, he continues dealing with a severe calf injury that his kept him out since the middle of the Bulls' first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets.
Even without Deng, Hinrich and of course Derrick Rose, the Bulls did what many thought was near impossible. Chicago received big performances from Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler, while the team continued its tough style of play.
The Bulls may have to continue their series without Deng or Hinrich, as neither is a sure bet to return for Game 2. Deng isn't expected to rejoin the team until today, which makes his availability for Wednesday's matchup extremely questionable.
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