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Obviously, if the Bulls want to win a championship this season, they are going to have to beat the Heat. They have an upcoming matchup on the road against the Heat in about five short days.
Now, this is only a regular season game and I know that. However, if Deng chooses to have surgery, he would be out for the rest of the season and the "regular season" argument is pointless. Deng will definitely be out for the upcoming Heat game, so let's just assess what his absence means for Chicago when they line up against the Heat.
When I think of Deng's absence, I think of the defensive side of the ball. When you dive further into that, I think of the one time where Deng's defensive is really needed most.
Bulls vs. Heat.
Luol Deng guarding LeBron James.
We can talk about winning regular season games all we want, but the only thing that matters is beating the Miami Heat, and to do that you need to be able to guard LeBron James. Even if you can only slow him down, you need to be able to at least do that.
Until yesterday, Luol Deng was suppose to be the guy that could do that for the Bulls. Now, it doesn't look like he'll be able to, at least in the upcoming game.
Look, Deng is our best defender, but when you look at the people backing him up, losing him isn't as hard to swallow.
Ronnie Brewer will be the Bulls new starting SF, and he's a guy that was brought to Chicago specifically for his defense. He's a phenomenal defender, and he will be able to at least slow down LeBron James. Also, Jimmy Butler was drafted specifically for his defense. Yes, he's a rookie and will most likely get smoked by LeBron, but I'm making a point that the two guys behind Deng are defensive minded.
Taj Gibson, if his ankle isn't too serious, can also guard LeBron, with the word "guard" loose and defined. Gibson is a very good defender and shot-blocker and might be asked to slow down James as well.
Long story short, Deng's defensive skills will be missed. However, the Bulls have the players and team defense to overcome his absence.