Bulls’ Hinrich, Deng likely out for Game 2
BY HERB GOULD firstname.lastname@example.org May 7, 2013 11:31PM
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Updated: June 9, 2013 6:31AM
MIAMI — When the Bulls take on the Heat on Wednesday in Game 2, it’s unlikely that Kirk Hinrich or Luol Deng will be back.
Hinrich didn’t sound optimistic Tuesday about his bruised left calf. And Deng, who has remained in Chicago while recuperating from the side-effects of a spinal tap, wasn’t even necessarily going to join the team in South Florida.
‘‘The swelling is looking better, the coloring is looking better,’’ Hinrich said. ‘‘But as far as functioning, moving, I’m having lots of trouble. Just keep getting treatment and go from there. Nothing’s really changed.’’
Hinrich said he has no timetable other than ‘‘as soon as I feel good enough to play and help.’’
It appears that Deng will continue to recuperate in Chicago. When he might be able to return remains unclear.
‘‘Luol is feeling better,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘‘I spoke to him [Tuesday] morning. He’s still not here [in Miami]. We’ll make a decision on Wednesday whether it’s better for him to come in or wait another day.’’
The Bulls will return home immediately after Game 2. Games 3 and 4 are in Chicago on Friday and Monday.
Noah on Rose
Far from being disappointed in Derrick Rose for not returning, his teammates are angry with people who are down on Rose. At least that’s the impression Joakim Noah gave.
‘‘It’s really funny how quick people are to judge,’’ Noah said. ‘‘If you tore your ACL and you have to be the starting point guard and have the expectations that Derrick has, then maybe you can judge. But everybody who hasn’t been in that situation before should really shut up because I feel like it’s just so unfair to him and to this team. We’re fighting, and everybody’s going to just [dump] on somebody who has given so much to this organization. It’s crazy to me.”
The virtual king of Chicago before the injury, Rose has been taking a lot of heat for not returning. That’s a shame, Noah said, indicating that the criticism has tested Rose.
‘‘He can say that he doesn’t [listen to it],’’ Noah said. ‘‘I think he’s dealing with it unbelievable. He’s tough as nails. He’s not budging. He doesn’t let that affect him. Whether it’s praise or people judging him about his decision, he’s the same. I really respect that. I don’t think a lot of people could deal with the things that he deals with on a daily basis.’’