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Kirk Hinrich out for Bulls in Game 5 Monday night

Apr 29, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

Kirk Hinrich AP

Kirk Hinrich has been a key reason the Chicago Bulls have a 3-1 lead over the Brooklyn Nets in their first-round playoff series.

After a Game 1 Nets win where Deron Williams did pretty much as he pleased against the Bulls defense (22 points on 9-of-15 shooting), coach Tom Thibodeau switched Hinrich onto Williams and the veteran guard made D-Will’s life difficult. In Game 2, Williams had 8 points. Game 3 it was 18 on 14 shots. And while in Game 4 Williams had 32 points and 10 assists, he shot just 11-of-25 and had 7 turnovers.

But Hinrich has a bruised calf and when the Bulls showed up for shootaround Hinrich was there, but…

With him out look for Nate Robinson to get the start and you will see a lot more of Marco Belinelli, Jimmy Butler and Rip Hamilton.

The bigger concern is the long term — if the Bulls are without Hinrich for Game 6 and, if it gets there, a Game 7, this could alter the series dramatically.

  1. 91devinhester23 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    not good… his defense on dwill has been fantastic

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Nate will take 10 more shots……..
      and jiggle up and down the court….
      oh boy!

  2. 13arod - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    nobody cares abot the bulls anymore

    • pudgalvin - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Meh, that’s fine. No one’s cared about a New York team in 15 or so years.

  3. gmsingh - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I agree with Kurt–the loss of Hinrich is as if they are down 14 with 2 1/2 minutes to go in the fourth. Oh, wait…

  4. pudgalvin - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    That stings. Bulls were about a 53 win team with Hinrich, and they paced out at about a 26 win team without him. Kind of hard to fathom, but he’s been darn good for the Bulls when he’s been on the court.

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