Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng tried to diffuse all the questions about how emotional it will be facing his former team -- the Chicago Bulls -- Wednesday night at The Q.

"When the ball goes up, I'm not going to start crying and start hugging the guys," Deng said after practice at the Cleveland Clinic Courts on Tuesday.

"It will be fun. It will definitely be weird. But honestly, I think as soon as the ball goes up, I want to play basketball and I want to win the game. It won't really matter after that. I don't think we'll be hugging it out the whole game. After the game, we can talk again. But when that ball goes up I'm just focused on winning. I don't care so much … we're friends before the game, after the game, but for that 48 minutes when I'm on the court I'm just focused on my guys and just trying to win.''

In Chicago, the Bulls took the same tack.

‘‘It will probably be weird," Joakim Noah told reporters after Monday's overtime victory over the Lakers. "It will probably be strange, but I still want to kick his ass. I love Luol. He’s my brother. But when that ball goes up, he’s not going to be my brother any more."

Deng has been in touch with his former teammates and expects nothing but their best effort -- and some trash talking.

"I'm sure they're going to go after me as guys that I'm close with, friends,'' he said. "But when the ball goes up there's going to be nothing better for them than to beat me and vice versa. I can't wait to beat them. So it will be interesting. It's a game that definitely whoever wins … you're going to be hearing from whoever wins a lot.''

Cavs coach Mike Brown thinks Deng will be invaluable providing insight on the Bulls.