After Saturday night’s first-round triumph over the Nets in Brooklyn, the first Game 7 road win in franchise history, the Bulls have a monumentally harder task in the second round of the playoffs.

Their opponents, the Heat, are a familiar foe and while the Bulls certainly don’t fear the defending champions, it’s hard to foresee them making the series a battle without all hands on deck.

Following his team’s victory at the Barclays Center, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was predictably vague about the status of two injured veteran starters, floor general Kirk Hinrich and All-Star small forward Luol Deng, saying both players were “day-to-day.”

While Deng said from his Twitter account Saturday evening that he would see his teammates in Miami, in advance of Monday's Game 1 against the Heat, that won’t occur Sunday.

According to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, Deng returned to a Chicago emergency room Sunday morning after being released from the hospital Saturday afternoon.

As for Hinrich, the point guard attempted to warm up before Saturday’s contest, but while he was able to take spot-up jumpers, he was clearly in pain when doing basic drives and was ultimately ruled out, due to the left-calf injury he suffered in the Bulls’ Game 4 triple-overtime win in Chicago.

Regardless, not only are the Bulls used to being undermanned, after beating Miami while being short-handed in the past, they are confident, though realistic about their perception as underdogs.