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Deng has missed five straight games, Hinrich has sat out six in a row, and both looked like longshots at best to play in Game 4 with Thibodeau saying they’re day to day.

Hinrich did little other than some shooting and ride a bike, and Deng couldn’t do much, either.

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"My body, my system, is not reacting well to anything I’m doing right now," Deng said.

He said he’s feeling a little better and has regained two of the 15 pounds he lost because of the illness, but when he tries to exert himself, well, he really can’t.

Deng said he tried to work out individually on Saturday and wound up vomiting. He attempted to practice on Sunday and became ill during warmups, forcing him to stop.

"I spoke to coach a little bit, If I could give 5 or 10 minutes, give these guys a little bit of a break but I can’t even get through a regular warmup," Deng said.

The Heat, meanwhile, continue to face questions about Dwyane Wade and his sore right knee. He took just seven shots and scored 10 points in Game 3, but he insisted that had more to do with the flow of the game and the Bulls packing the lane than his health.

"A lot of my opportunities were not in the flow of the offense," he said. "If I would have shot a lot, it would have been forced. When I had the ball, I tried to make the best play. Sometimes, it’s to get two guys on me and pass it."




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