The Bulls injury report is now looking like a CDC warning. Not only are Derrick Rose (knee still), Kirk Hinrich (calf) and Yoakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) still hurting, Luol Deng is so sick he may not travel to Brooklyn for Game 7. He's that knocked out says Tom Thibodeau.
Later Friday afternoon, Deng reported that he had undergone a spinal tap and was tweeting from a hospital emergency room!
Now I'm back in the ER where I may have to spend the night... I want my teammates and Bulls fans to know I would NEVER miss a game bc of flu— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) May 3, 2013
He added that if he is cleared, he hopes to play in Game 7. Deng was the NBA leader in minutes per game in regular season and is once again the league leader in the playoffs.
Other than that, beat writers tweeted that Thibodeau told them, Hinrich is feeling better and will be a game time decision Saturday night. He will travel with the Bulls. Taj Gibson and Nate Robinson (who threw up during the game) are feeling better. Noah appears to be doing well. And there's no change in the status of Derrick Rose.
On that last subject, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago...
Thibs said he's been gotten no indication that Rose will play tomorrow. Doesn't sound like any return will happen in Game 7.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) May 3, 2013
Meanwhile in Brooklyn, P.J. Carlesimo said his team was healthy. Everyone is expected to be available. With Andray Blatche's calf improving rapidly (along with his play), Carlesimo likes what he's seen out of the Lopez-Blatche tandem.
PJ says he feels better about Andray Blatch's calf injury. That Brook/Blatche combo has done some good things in this series.— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) May 3, 2013
In fact, Devin Kharpertian reports that over the course of the series, the Nets have out-scored the Bulls 115-74 in 49 minutes with the two bigs on the court.
- Carlesimo has 'ton of confidence' - Mike Mazzeo
- Game 6 Notes: An update on Blatche/Lopez, Humphries appreciation, & more - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Preview: Bulls vs. Nets Game 7 (Video) - Ben Couch - Brooklyn Nets