Luol Deng still has not joined his Bulls teammates and will be out for Monday night's Game 1 against the Heat due to these pretty scary complications from a spinal tap procedure that went a bit haywire. After being released from the hospital on Saturday, he returned to the ER on Sunday morning and it's unclear if and when he'll fly to Miami.
Not having Lu against the Heat stinks, because it's one less great defender to throw at LeBron James. Yes, James has had plenty of success against Deng over the course of his career, but Lu does make LeBron work. Jimmy Butler will now take on the primary assignment, and while I have no doubts that Jimmy will play his butt off, guarding LeBron full-time will likely limit effectiveness on the other end. Plus, other matchups get thrown off with Deng out of the lineup.
In other injury news, Kirk Hinrich is officially a game-time decision with his calf bruise, but K.C. Johnson is guessing that he's doubtful. Hinrich could certainly be useful to pester Dwyane Wade, who said this morning that he's "good to go" after missing Game 4 against the Bucks with a knee bruise. And of course, the Bulls could use that grit when Hinrich is "tackling" LeBron or ripping the ball away from Chris Bosh.