Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich underwent a second MRI on his bruised left calf Thursday, according to coach Tom Thibodeau, while Luol Deng said he is still very weak, and both are unlikely to face the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday at the United Center.
It's possible neither will be available the entire series, which is tied at 1-1.
Deng, who looked visibly thinner, said he's lost about 15 pounds in his battle back from the effects of the flu and a spinal tap to detect spinal meningitis. He admitted he was scared about his initial illness and acknowledged he isn't sure if or when he will be able to return.
"It's hard, man," Deng said of having to sit out. "We've had a long season. I've played with a lot of injuries. I've went through the wrist (injury) with torn ligaments. I had a fractured thumb, I played with it. I just went through all that to be able to play. I just didn't think something beside an injury would keep me out, and that's what makes it really hard. I don't know what you can do."
When asked how weak he feels, Deng replied: "Very. It's really my first day out of the house and out of the hospital. I haven't really left my bed much or done much.
"I don't know [about possibly playing Friday]. I tried to shoot a little bit and I struggled a little. I couldn't do it, but we'll see."
Deng has missed the last four games. It was originally announced that he was missing his first game with the flu, but it was important for him to clarify that and explain the complications from the spinal tap via Twitter.
"I just felt like everyone kept saying I'm missing the game because of the flu," he said. "I've been here for nine years and I've played with the flu without coming to the media and saying I had the flu. I don't think the flu would make me miss a game. I might not play well, I might not play the minutes I play, but even if I had the flu I would sit on the bench.
"It kind of bothered me a little bit that that's what was being said when I had a totally different thing. It wasn't really just the flu."
As far as Hinrich, who has missed the last five games, Thibodeau said: "He's OK. He's still not great."
Thibodeau also added there has been no change to the status of Derrick Rose.