Chicago Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed to reporters this morning that Bulls starting forward Luol Deng did not make the trip with the team to Brooklyn and will not be playing in Game 7 with illness.
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)