Luol Deng was forced to miss the pivotal game 6 of the 2013 NBA Playoffs first-round series between the Chicago Bulls and the Brooklyn Nets. It was initially reported that Deng was suffering from the flu, but his condition was significantly more serious, as he explained on his Twitter.
Clearly, Deng’s condition is serious. The fact that people actually criticized him is curious in itself. Luol has always played through injury and his pain threshold is one of the highest in the league. He has played for an extended time with a torn ligament in his hand, led the league in minutes in both the regular season and in the playoffs, and is as tough of a player as they come.
Despite this, Deng still seems to be underappreciated, which is a shame. He obviously wants to play, but if he really needs to spend the night in the ER, it is very unlikely he will make the flight to play game 7 in Brooklyn.
Some of Deng’s teammates also suffered from flu-like symptoms, and at one point during game 6 Nate Robinson was sick on the Bulls’ bench with a towel over his head and a trash can in front of him.