NBA Playoffs 2013: Luol Deng Out For Game 1 vs. Heat, Doctors Still Not Sure What’s Wrong

Apr 25, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (9) drives during the first quarter of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Luol Deng hasn’t played since Game 5 of the Bulls first round series against the Nets. Despite his absence, the Bulls were able to squeak out a Game 7 victory to move on to the second round.

Unfortunately for the Bulls, they will still be without Deng for the start of their second round series against the Heat. According to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, Deng is officially out for Game 1 tonight against the Heat.

The more disconcerting news is that doctors still don’t know what exactly is wrong with the Bulls’ All-Star forward.


The Bulls’ chances of winning this series were slim-to-none with a healthy team, but without Deng, there’s no way Chicago can take down the dominant Heat.