Luol Deng is OUT against the Miami Heat in Game 1. Deng did not travel with the team and wasn't with the team on Sunday night.
This is a big blow for the Bulls, but the team was able to defeat the Nets in game seven without his services. The Nets clearly aren't the Heat, and the Bulls will need to be 100 percent if they want to give the defending champions a run for their money. The fact that Deng is suffering from an illness rather than an injury is definitely a plus, but if he can't get over his meningitis the Bulls will be in trouble after Game 1. With that said, expect Deng to do everything in his power to return to the Bulls lineup before they take the court in their next game.
Analyst: Matthew Beck View Profile