MIAMI -- The star-crossed Bulls remain without Luol Deng heading into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Heat as the All-Star small forward remains in Chicago, recovering from complications arising from a spinal-tap procedure last week.
"He's improving; Day to day," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said before the team's morning shootaround Wednesday at American Airlines Arena.
Thibodeau would only say, "We'll see where he is [Thursday]," when asked whether Deng could miss the entire second-round series.
Meanwhile, Kirk Hinrich is in Miami with the team, but the veteran floor general's prospects of playing remain almost as murky as Deng's.
"He was a little better yesterday. We'll see where he is today," Thibodeau said about the point guard, who is recovering from a left-calf injury suffered in the first round. "We just did film yesterday. Then he went through his treatment and rehab.
"We'll see," he continued, when asked if Hinrich would play Wednesday or even participate in shootaround. "The swelling is done, which is good. He tried the last game in the Brooklyn series and he wasn't quite there. We'll have to wait and see. Hopefully he continues to improve. But he has a ways to go."
As for Derrick Rose, Thibodeau confirmed that the former league MVP would miss Game 2, as well as addressing a report circulating that the Chicago native would dress for Friday's Game 3 at the United Center.
"What report? I didn't see it," said a surprised Thibodeau. "You guys floating it out there? Nothing has changed with him."
Thibodeau finished eighth in the league's Coach of the Year award balloting, which was announced Wednesday.
While he said he didn't care, the 2010-11 award winner offered his congratulations for this year's winner, Denver's George Karl, who won his first award after being in the business for decades.
"It's great. He's been great at it for a long time. I know George a little bit. I'm very happy for him," Thibodeau said of Karl. "I thought he had a remarkable season. He does it year after year. He does it a lot of different ways too. I'm very happy for him."