Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Guard Kirk Hinrich will likely miss Thursday's
Game 6 of the Chicago Bulls' Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against
the Brooklyn Nets due to a left calf injury that kept him out of the teams'
most recent meeting as well.
In addition, starting forward Luol Deng and key reserve Taj Gibson are
considered game-time decisions for Thursday's contest. Both are battling an
illness and did not participate in Wednesday's practice.
Hinrich also sat out Monday's Game 5, a 110-91 Nets' win that cut Chicago's
series lead to 3-2. Nate Robinson, who's averaged 17.8 points and 3.4 assists
thus far in the playoffs, is expected to draw the start at point guard once
Deng led Chicago in scoring (16.5 ppg) during the regular season and has
averaged 13.8 points and 7.6 rebounds over the five postseason meetings with
the Nets. Gibson has averaged 6.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in the playoffs as
part of the team's frontcourt rotation.
If Gibson can't go, the Bulls may be forced to give center Joakim Noah a more
increased role. The 2013 All-Star has been battling plantar fasciitis in his
right foot for more than a month, but has played in all five matchups of the
series and averaged 8.4 points and 8.0 rebounds in 26.6 minutes of playing
time per game.
The Sports Network