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Weak Deng returns to practice as Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat prepare for pivotal Game 3

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    From left, Chicago Bulls' Kirk Hinrich, Derrick Rose, Nate Robinson, Richard Hamilton and Jimmy Butler watch from the bench during the final seconds of Game 2 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Miami. The Heat won 115-78. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)The Associated Press

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    Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, left, center Joakim Noah, center, and guard Nate Robinson (2) huddle during the first half of Game 2 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)The Associated Press

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    From left, Miami Heat's Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade and Shane Battier sit on the bench in the second half of Game 2 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Miami. The Heat won 115-78. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)The Associated Press

Luol Deng is excited to be back with the Chicago Bulls, even if he's only able to watch film and hoist a few jumpers.

The All-Star forward was at the Bulls' practice facility Thursday, one day after a 115-78 loss to the Miami Heat tied their playoff series at 1-1. Deng says he is feeling better, but is still very weak and doesn't know when he will be able to play again.

Deng was hospitalized with the flu, and then had complications with a spinal tap that led to a second procedure. He says he lost 15 pounds in a matter of days.

It looks as if Deng and injured point guard Kirk Hinrich will be out again when the series resumes Friday night.