Chicago Bulls scoring leader Luol Deng said Friday he was in a hospital emergency room for the second time in three days trying to overcome a viral flu and help his team advance in the NBA playoffs.
The 28-year-old British forward missed Chicago's 95-92 home loss on Thursday to Brooklyn that left their series level at 3-3 and forced a seventh game on Saturday in Brooklyn.
"It really upsets me that everyone thinks I would miss a game bc of the flu. I've played a lot of games w the flu in my career," Deng said on Twitter.
"On Wed I was taken to the ER and my symptoms indicated I may have meningitis," Deng tweeted, noting via a link that he underwent a spinal tap.
"As a result of the spinal tap I suffered the worst headache I've ever experienced and been the weakest I've ever felt.
"Yesterday I was unable to walk or even get out of bed. I made it to the (Bulls practice area) and was sent home. This morning my symptoms worsened.
"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
"If I'm medically cleared I will fly to NY to be with my team and try to win game 7."
Deng led the Bulls in scoring in the regular season, averaging 16.5 points per game, and the Englishman had averaged 13.8 points and 7.6 rebounds over the first five playoff games against the Nets.
Bulls' guard Kirk Hinrich will be a game-time decision with a left calf bruise.
Chicago has also been without star Derrick Rose all season after he was injured in last year's playoffs.