MIAMIThough it was widely speculated that Luol Deng would make his return to the lineup Sunday, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau put an end to that notion before his team took on the Heat.
Luol is out, said the coach. Hes doing more and more, and feeling a lot better. Id say hes very close right now.
You want to make sure he feels good about playing. Hes doing a lot more without contact. We want him to be comfortable, Thibodeau added. As long as hes moving in the right direction, then were pleased with that.
Thibodeau also noted that backup point guard C.J. Watson, who suffered a wrist injury in the Bulls Friday home win over Milwaukee, will also miss Sundays contest.
He is day-to-day, said Thibodeau. Hes a lot better today. Well see how he is tomorrow.
On a more positive note, starting shooting guard Rip Hamilton is expected to play.
While Thibodeau said Hamilton would warm up before it was determined whether or not the veteran would play, Hamilton himself confirmed that hed be available Sunday.
For one day at least, Marc-Louis Paprzyca is Chicago's greatest sports fan.
Paprzyca - known on Twitter as MLP or Pappy_Hour - completed the ultimate Chicago sports scavenger hunt Wednesday to honor Natinoal Scavenger Hunt Day, needing only three hours to accomplish the feat:
He got started early on the South Side:
Then on to The Bean:
Da Bearsss were the next stop:
Next, the North Side:
And the best for last:
What's amazing is how MLP was able to don different Chicago sports attire for every single challenge. He even donned Jordan 11s — the ones MJ wore during the 1996 NBA Playoffs — outside the United Center.
MLP — a blogger for Sports Mockery and three-time winner of Beer Money — won a pair of tickets to attend either a Cubs or Sox game.
On the latest edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Kevin Anderson, Vincent Goodwill and Kendall Gill welcome in SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell to discuss the Celtics' motivation to trade for Jimmy Butler.
The guys also break down whether the league is undervaluing the Bulls All-Star.
Later, they debate the contant Lebron James vs. Michael Jordan comparison and ask if it's fair after the King's poor showing in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. O'Donnell also analyzes the NBA Draft. He believes Terrance Ferguson is the right pick for GarPax.
Finally, a behind the scenes look at Goodwill vs. Kendall on the court, and Kendall on the right way to parent a young athlete.
Listen to the Bulls Talk Podcast below.