Deng received a spinal tap, otherwise known as a lumbar puncture, a procedure that draws spinal fluid, usually for diagnostic purposes. “As a result of the spinal tap I suffered the worst headache I’ve ever experienced and been the weakest I’ve ever felt,” Deng said on Twitter. Deng is still hospitalized.
Kirk Hinrich did make the trip with a severely sore calf but is “likely out,” according to Thibodeau. Hinrich is officially listed as a game-time decision.
The Chicago Bulls nearly pulled off a victory without Deng and Hinrich in Game 6 at the United Center, falling to the Nets 95-92, which evened the series at 3 games apiece.
Derrick Rose is also officially out, as he has been all season.
(h/t tweets from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune)