Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich missed their third and fourth games, respectively, and their availability for Wednesday's Game 2 remains in jeopardy. Deng, who suffered serious complications from a spinal tap to test for viral meningitis, stayed in Chicago on Monday, but coach Tom Thibodeau said the All-Star forward might fly to Miami on Tuesday. Deng originally was scheduled to travel Sunday but opted not to after returning to Rush University Medical Center for an MRI, two sources said. The MRI was performed to check how effectively a "blood patch" used to stop leaking spinal fluid addressed Deng's symptoms, which included intense migraine headaches and disorientation. Though Deng tested negative for viral meningitis, he exhibited enough symptoms and concerns to warrant the spinal tap, a source familiar with the situation said. Though the situation is fluid, it's possible Deng will miss Game 2 with the hope he can return to action in either Game 3 or 4 at the United Center. Those games aren't guaranteed, either. "I spoke to him (Monday)," Thibodeau said. "He's feeling a little better." Added Derrick Rose: "We miss him a lot, his leadership, scoring and rebounding." Monday night Deng tweeted a picture of himself in his hospital bed with this message: "So proud of my team man, this bed might be good luck after all. #SeeRed" Hinrich didn't participate in the morning shootaround and continues to receive treatment on the severely bruised left calf that the Tribune reported last week could sideline him for the start of this series. He still isn't moving well. "It's slow, steady progress," Thibodeau said. "But he's still not there."
Deng, Hinrich miss Game 1, could miss more
Chicago Tribune | May 7