The Chicago Bulls will be without Luol Deng who will miss his second consecutive game against the Brooklyn Nets in a crucial game seven match-up. If the Nets win tonight, they will be only the ninth team in NBA history to come back from a 1-3 record.
Deng has come under some scrutiny as to whether or not just has the flu or something far worse, since his teammates were able to play through their own illnesses. Deng dismissed any notion of simply being under the flu by tweeting, “As a result of the spinal tap I suffered the worst headache I've ever experienced and been the weakest I've ever felt. Yesterday I was unable to walk or even get out of bed. I made it to the UC and was sent home. (Friday) morning my symptoms worsened."
Deng went on to say that, “It really upsets me that everyone thinks I would miss a game because of the flu. I've played a lot of games with the flu in my career.”
The Chicago Bulls are just one of the teams that have been severely bitten by the injury bug this year. Had the Bulls had a healthy Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, and if their teammates weren’t playing through their own injuries, the Bulls would’ve been a formidable opponent for the Miami Heat, but injuries are a part of the game. And as a result, the sickly Bulls may not even get out of round 1 Saturday evening.