Bulls still short-handed going into Game 4 against Heat
By JOE COWLEY email@example.com May 13, 2013 11:10AM
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Updated: May 13, 2013 7:49PM
The “most likely out’’ from Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau usually means no chance, no how, so with both Luol Deng (complications from spinal tap) and Kirk Hinrich (bruised left calf) categorized like that after the Monday morning shootaround, it appears the Bulls will once again be short-handed for tonight’s Game 4 at the United Center.
Not exactly the ideal news for a team down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series against the defending NBA champs.
“You’ve got to be more efficient, you’ve got to be a 48-minute team,’’ Thibodeau said, when asked about what his team faces in the Eastern Conference semifinals moving forward. “There’s always you add a wrinkle, they add a wrinkle, but the core of what they’re doing is not going to change, the core of what we’re doing is not going to change. And when you have great players, I don’t think you can give them a steady diet of anything.
“They’ve seen every defense. You have to give them credit – both [Dwyane] Wade and [LeBron] James are going to make plays. That’s who they are.’’
Thibodeau did say that there was no call from the NBA as far as taking further punishment on Nazr Mohammed, after the reserve big man was ejected in Game 3 for shoving James to the court. And as far as the $35,000 fine he received for his comments about the officials after Game 3, Thibodeau didn’t want to go down that road.
“I’ve got no comment on that,’’ Thibodeau said of his pocketbook being lighter. “We’re just getting ready for Game 4.’’
Looking ahead toward Game 5, Thibodeau did say that there was improvement from both Hinrich and Deng, but speculating on their availability when the series goes back to Miami was also something he stayed away from.
Hinrich rode the stationary bike and did some shooting on Monday, while Deng was “still not feeling well.’’