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Deng Returns vs. Pacers
Friday, Jan. 23
The Heat provided Deng's stat line in his return vs. the Pacers:
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#HEATgame Final: HEAT 89 - Pacers 87. Deng 23pts (9-13 FG) 5rebs 3asts, Bosh 19pts 4rebs, Wade 13pts, Chalmers 9pts, Andersen 4pts 13rebs.2015-1-24 03:12:33
Deng Battles Illness
Wednesday, Jan. 21
Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel has the details:
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Deng out due to illness. Whiteside out due to sprained ankle.2015-1-21 13:03:45
Although not quite the player he once was with the Chicago Bulls, Deng has continued to serve as a solid two-way player in his first season with the Heat.
Injuries, however, are beginning to take their toll on the 29-year-old. He missed 19 games with a variety of issues last season and was hampered earlier this year by a hand injury.
The Heat as a team have also struggled to stay healthy, losing Deng, Dwyane Wade, Josh McRoberts, Chris Andersen and others at various times during the season.
"It's the NBA -- everybody has to deal with it," said Wade, via ESPN.com's Michael Wallace. "That's why we've got 15 guys on the roster. We just have to find a way to win ballgames no matter who's out there."
Should Deng be forced to miss more time with this illness, rookie James Ennis would likely absorb most of his minutes.