Bulls at Heat, 7 p.m. ET

TV: TNT

  • Bulls forward Luol Deng (back) has yet to join the team in Miami so he will miss tonight’s Game 2. Coach Tom Thibodeau continues to list him as “day-to-day.” Thibodeau refused to speculate if Deng would return this series. 
  • Guard Kirk Hinrich (calf) was ruled out before the game. The Bulls evaluated him after the morning shootaround, but reduced swelling wasn’t enough for him to return.
  • Thibodeau shot down a report that claimed there was a chance injured guard Derrick Rose would suit up. Thibodeau said, “Nothing’s changed with him.”
  • After Nate Robinson’s strong finish, the Heat will entertain the idea of defending him with LeBron James in the fourth quarter. Miami has used the strategy in the past against Rajon Rondo, Rose and other top point guards.
  • The Heat’s Erik Spoelstra finished second to Denver Nuggets coach George Karl in the league’s Coach of the Year voting. Spoelstra received 24 first-place votes after earning none the previous season.

– Zachary Paul 

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