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.
Great ovation for Luol Deng in player intros. Boos for everyone else.
Deng gets a standing ovation during player intros. Loud boos for every other Heat player.
Deng gets some cheers after being introduced for first time.
A mix of boos and cheers as Luol Deng is announced in starting lineup
Again, that was Lu Deng who said that. I repeat Lu Deng. All questions and complaints go his way. That seems to be a problem around here.
Deng on Thibs hot-seat rumors: "To me, it’s crazy. It’s stupid. I just think that he’s one of the best coaches in the league.''
TODAY'S STARTERS Heat (19-24): Deng, Bosh, Andersen, Wade Chalmers Bulls (29-16): Snell, Noah, Gasol, Butler, Rose
Heat sticking with Chris Andersen over injured Hassan Whiteside in the starting 5. Chalmers, Wade, Deng, Bosh.
Same starting lineup for the Heat today vs Bulls: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen.
Hot topics today with the Bulls - Dunleavy's ankle, Deng's return, and "Fun with minutes restrictions.''
Deng praising Skiles, Thibodeau: "As you get older, you really appreciate----even though it was tough---everything that was done for you."
Deng very reflective pregame. Talked about contemplating passage of time when he saw same parking attendant he first met at age 19.
Luol Deng on being back: "It's great. It was a great 10 years here."
"Oh nice, a Luol Deng tribute. This should be good." [40 minutes later] "What the? Why is this still on?"
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra compared Josh McRoberts to Joakim Noah this morning. Loss of McRoberts' passing has affected Luol Deng most.
Kind of hope Luol Deng's video tribute runs longer than it should and breaks down near the end. Would be ultra fitting.
Bulls will present a Luol Deng tribute video during the first quarter...well deserved
Spoelstra recounting the original meeting w/ Deng from the summer. It's often overlooked that Miami pitched Deng on playing with LeBron.
The Bulls are going to run a video tribute to Luol Deng during today's game. This is his first game back at the United Center as a visitor.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called Bulls' video tribute to Luol Deng "well deserved."