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Hawks’ Hinrich likely out for Game 1 with strained hamstring

Apr 29, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

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As if the Hawks don’t face enough challenges taking on the top seeded Chicago Bulls in the second round, it now looks like they now have to go without their defensive-minded starting point guard for at least a game against Derrick Rose. So good luck with that.

Kirk Hinrich pulled up lame with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter Hawks closeout win against Orlando and after an MRI on Friday seems like he will be out for Game 1 Sunday, according to ESPN.

“I saw him when he was leaving the building, and his spirits were really good, but he was limping,” (coach Larry) Drew said. “And that was not a good sign.”

Officially it is a strained hamstring. Those are injuries that can both linger and easily reaggrivate if not fully healed before stepping back on the court.

Hinrich is Atlanta’s best defensive guard and would have drawn a lot of time on Rose. In his absence, look for more Jamal Crawford and Jeff Teague. Which is not good for the Hawks, who already face a lot of challenges in this series.

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