UNDATED (AP) – After taking a day off, the NBA resumes play this evening with two games. In Chicago the Bulls and Heat square off in Game 3 of their best-of-seven second-round series. They split the first two games in Miami, with Chicago taking the opening contest.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said earlier today that Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich and Derrick Rose will sit out the game.
Deng became sick during the first-round series against Brooklyn and has been dealing with complications stemming from a spinal tap. He will miss his fifth straight game, while Hinrich will sit out his sixth in a row because of a bruised left calf. Rose has not played since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in last year’s playoffs. The series is tied 1-1.
Bulls forward Taj Gibson was hit with a $25,000 fine today for an outburst at a referee in Game 2 of the Miami series.
The Heat were well on their way to a 115-78 victory when Gibson went off at an official early in the fourth quarter. With 10:13 remaining, and the Bulls blowing out the Heat, he did not leave the court in a timely fashion after he and teammate Joakim Noah were ejected by referee Scott Foster. Gibson continued to shout at Foster.
Tonight’s other game is being played in Oakland, where Golden State plays host to San Antonio. The Spurs and Warriors split the opening two games of that Western Conference series. Golden State evened things up with a nine-point win in Game 2 Wednesday night.