On the Thursday that Luol Deng will reunite with teammates in Chicago, Kirk Hinrich is scheduled for a second MRI on his severely bruised left calf, two sources said. The initial exam showed damage to muscle fibers, one source said, but the injury is failing to progress, so a second test will determine if a tear has developed. "Kirk has a ways to go," coach Tom Thibodeau said. Hinrich didn't participate in the morning shootaround as he continues to receive treatment to reduce swelling and discoloration. Hinrich and Thibodeau both said the swelling is going down, but he still isn't moving well. "He tried the last pregame in the Brooklyn series and he wasn't quite there," Thibodeau said. "Hopefully he continues to improve." Thibodeau said Deng is at home and improving, calling him day to day. Twice, the Bulls chartered a plane for him to fly to Miami if he felt strong enough. Asked if there's a chance Deng will miss the entire series, Thibodeau wouldn't bite. "I don't want to speculate on that," Thibodeau said. "He did a little bit of shooting (Tuesday). He's still not feeling great. (Wednesday), he was just more like walking around. We'll see where he is (Thursday)." Deng was in and out of the hospital from last Wednesday to Sunday and hasn't done any strenuous basketball activity in over a week. Both he and Hinrich will be doubtful for Game 3 as well.
Not much progress for Deng, Hinrich; Both doubtful for Game 3
Chicago Tribune | May 9