Deng remains hospitalized with an undisclosed illness, although earlier in the week he said he might have meningitis, and did not make the trip to New York.
The athletic 6-foot-8 forward, who averaged 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 38.7 minutes this season, was originally reported to have the viral flu when he missed Game 6, but he tweeted on Friday that he'd never sit out a game with flu-like symptoms.
Deng played an average of 44.8 minutes a game against the Nets in the series, averaging 13.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
Now I'm back in the ER where I may have to spend the night... I want my teammates and Bulls fans to know I would NEVER miss a game bc of flu— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) May 3, 2013
Earlier in the week Deng was hospitalized for his illness. He tweeted that he would miss Game 6 because of a headache and weakness.
As a result of the spinal tap I suffered the worst headache I've ever experienced and been the weakest I've ever felt.— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) May 3, 2013