Derrick Rose not ruling out return
The Chicago Bulls will be without Luol Deng, Derrick Rose and possibly Kirk Hinrich for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Miami Heat on Monday, but Rose said he is not ruling out playing at some point in the series. Rose said Monday that his status is "still up in the air," although coach Tom Thibodeau ruled him out for Game 1. Deng missed the past two games of the Bulls' series against the Brooklyn Nets because of the flu and did not make the trip to Miami with the Bulls. Thibodeau is uncertain when he will rejoin the team. Deng had received a spinal tap testing for meningitis, which triggered intense headaches. He was admitted back into the hospital on Sunday but has since been discharged, Thibodeau said. Hinrich will be a game-time decision with a bruised left calf. He has missed the past three games. Miami is dealing with its own injury story. Dwyane Wade has been dealing with soreness in his right knee and missed the Heat's series-clinching Game 4 victory against the Bucks last Sunday. But after more than 10 days of rest and treatment, Wade said he expects to play Monday. The Heat are preparing for Rose, who hasn't played at all this season after May 12 knee surgery, if he does return at some point during the series. "We have to prepare for the awareness that he could possibly come back," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Sunday. "That's all the thought we're giving it. If he does [return in the series], we'll try to be as aggressive as we normally are."
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