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Luol Deng will join Bulls in Miami on Sunday, an off day for the team. But his Game 1 availability is questionable.
Deng remains sick, but doctors are not sure exactly what is ailing him. Considering the nature of the illness, there is clearly no timetable for his return, though it's safe to say he'll remain out of the lineup until the second-round series returns to Chicago on Friday. Luol Deng's absence will allow Marco Belinelli to play the wing for the Bulls, as long as he's out of the game.ANALYST:
Antonio Smith may sit out practice this week.
Smith is the subject of a child abuse investigation in Texas. The case has been dragging on for some time now, with the DA sifting through the report from the Fort Bend County Sheriff since February. Even if the case is ultimately dropped by the prosecutor, Smith could still face discipline from the league as part of its effort to improve its public image, as part of the personal conduct policy under the CBA between the players union and the league. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson
Avisail Garcia left Monday's game with a knee injury.
Garcia left after less than two innings of action on Monday. He was coming off a knee issue that held him out two games before playing again on Sunday, where he went 1-for-2 with a strikeout. A problem significant to force him from the game, occurring with the same body part that sidelined him last week is of concern, so stay tuned for an update on his situation. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson
Steve Pearce was 1-for-3 with a two run home run on Monday for Baltimore
After breaking through with a career year in 2014, Steve Pearce has struggled mightily this year. His fantasy owners have to hope todays home run is the start of a hot streak. Pearce is presently hitting .192 with a .194 BABIP which is far off of his career average of .250 with a .287 BABIP. Using the .250 as a guide, this is probably the best you can hope for this year but Pearce’s home run to fly ball ratio is in line with last year and today’s home run is his third in May. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Caleb Joseph was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI on Monday against Houston.
With Matt Wieters starting his rehab on Tuesday in Double-A Bowie, Caleb Joseph may be relegated to backup duty soon. But since Wieters is coming back from Tommy John Surgery, his time behind the plate may be monitored. Joseph is in a career year hitting .270 with four home runs and 18 RBI this year. Joseph could be relevant as a second catcher when Wieters returns, but that will depend upon his usage. Analysis: Greg Jewett