So perhaps Deng is more essential for Heat than Whiteside?
Danny Granger will start in place of injured Luol Deng for Heat tonight vs. Bucks.
Luol Deng (calf) and Chris Andersen (elbow, back) are out for Heat tonight vs. Bucks.
Spoelstra says Danny Granger will "most likely" start in place of Deng.
Heat says Deng and Andersen won't play tonight because of injury. Granger and Whiteside likely starters instead, Heat says.
Granger starting for Luol Deng most likely, says Spoelstra.
Birdman and Luol Deng both out tonight against the Bucks.
Luol Deng (calf) and C. Anderson (elbow and back) game time decisions for Heat vs Bucks tonight. 6:30 on FSW
Miami lists Luol Deng (sore calf) as doubtful for tonight vs. Bucks. All 11 Bucks players on trip are available.
Spoelstra after morning shootaround says Luol Deng (calf) is doubtful and Birdman (back, elbow) is questionable for tonight's game.
Spoelstra says Deng doubtful for tonight vs milwaukee with calf injury
Birdman is a game-time decision against the Bucks tonight. Luol Deng is doubtful with a calf injury.
Chris Andersen (elbow) didn't go through shootaround. Questionable. Deng (calf) is doubtful.
Deng on 1st qtr tribute: "I didn’t see it. I got to hear it playing; I didn’t want to look up because I knew I would get emotional."
Luol Deng after 15&10 in win: "I thought I would play here my entire career, but it didn’t work that way. A lot of emotion; glad it’s over."
Deng visiting Bulls locker room as Taj Gibson addresses media. "Shut up, Taj," Deng said, smiling.
Deng in return game, 15p-10r-4a. Bulls led by Rose's 19, Gasol 13p-17r. CHI shoots 35.6% (31/87). MIA 54-43 rebounding edge.
Overlooked (as usual) will be Luol Deng going 39 minutes and erasing Jimmy Butler. Deng also had 15p, 10r, 4a.
Impressive 96-84 Heat win in Chicago. Wade 26, Bosh 20. Whiteside: 14,13, team-record 12 blocks in 25 minutes. Deng, Chalmers 15 a piece.
Jimmy Butler averages 20.5ppg. He's got 5p on 2/8 FGs while working mostly against Deng.
Luol Deng played 32 foul-free minutes today before picking one up on that last play.
Luol Deng, 2x All Star, 15p-7r-3a in 31m, 1st g back in Chicago. Jimmy Butler, who replaced Deng, gets All-Star talk, 5p-4r-1a in 32m.
Erik Spoelstra riding Luol Deng Thibs-style. Hes played 31 of the first 36 min today.
Luol Deng misses a layup but Hassan Whiteside crushes the putback dunk. Heat up 66-55 on Chicago.
Heat look to expand their 12-point lead with Napier, Wade, Deng, Bosh & Whiteside on the floor.
Deng basket and foul ... I blame Kirk. The way he's on that bench, all Kirkie and stuff....
Rose over Deng. Guessing that's happened in practice a few times.
Deng and Rose at table waiting to check in. Not for the same team these days.
Bulls show Luol Deng video tribute during 4:48 1Q timeout. Classy for Deng's return to UC. Strategic if it distracts from timeout adjstmnts.
Luol Deng gets a nice ovation from crowd after video tribute.
Standing ovation for Luol Deng at United Center in first game back.
Nice start by the Heat. Chalmers, Deng and Wade moving well with the ball. Bosh on target with his midrange shot.
Luol Deng tribute video at United Center now. This is his first game back at United Center since being traded to the Cavs.
Bulls now honoring Luol Deng during timeout
Deng video tribute time.