Deng targeting Sunday return in Miami

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Deng targeting Sunday return in Miami

Prediction: Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau won't shed much light upon the status of injured forward Luol Deng when he's inevitably asked for updates on the following the team's morning shootaround in advance of Friday evening's game against the Bucks at the United Center. Another prediction: Deng could return to the Bulls' lineup sooner than later.

Deng, the Bulls' starting small forward, indeed has an eye of returning to the lineup Sunday, when the Bulls take on the Heat in Miami in a much-anticipated matchup. According to a source, Deng "shot a lot" during a voluntary workout session Thursday, confirming reports that his left wrist is improving.

Miami could also welcome back a key injured player to the lineup in the near future. Chicago native Dwyane Wade, the Heat's All-Star shooting guard, could play Friday night against the Knicks and is expected to be available by the time Bulls take their talents to South Beach.

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Horace Grant on current state of Bulls: 'No need to panic'

After the Bulls got off to a 3-0 start, it looked like this would be a team that might be able to give LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers a run for their money in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls proceeded to lose their next three, tempering those optimistic expectations. What those first six games proved is that they're an inconsistent bunch, and it's been a microcosm of their season past the halfway mark.

[SHOP: Gear up, Bulls fans!]

Entering Thursday, the Bulls were slotted in as the No. 8 seed in the East with a 21-22 record through 43 games.

Former Bulls forward/center Horace Grant, who was named a special advisor to president and chief operating officer Michael Reinsdorf last year, joined SportsTalk Live on Thursday to talk about the team's current state, and why Bulls fans shouldn't panic just yet.

Check out his comments in the video above.

See what else he had to say during his SportsTalk Live appearance and on In The Loop below: