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Hinrich out for Bulls Thursday night. Deng, Gibson game-time decisions.

May 2, 2013, 1:07 PM EST

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Kirk Hinrich, the feisty point guard that sparked the three Bulls wins against the Nets with his defense on Deron Williams, will be out for the Bulls Thursday night for Game 6. So tweets K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Just to add to the fun, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson are sick, neither went through shootaround and both will be game-time decisions.

The loss of Hinrich a big blow for a Bulls team that knows it has its best shot to close out this series and advance on Thursday night at home. Chicago leads the best-of-seven series 3-2.

In games 1 and 5 of the series (when Hinrich was not covering Williams) D-Will averaged 22.5 points on 51.7 percent shooting plus having 8.5 assists per game — he broke down the Bulls defense and led his team to wins. In the three games Hinrich was on him D-Will averaged 19.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting with 8 assists per game (and the scoring/assists numbers are skewed by the triple overtime game).

Chicago needs to find a way to win this game — it will be hard for them to win a Game 7 back in Brooklyn on Sunday.

By the way, because people keep asking, no Derrick Rose is not playing Thursday. He just needs to come out and say he’s done for the season to end this nonsense.

  1. heat256 - May 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Honestly, if it goes 7 I’d have to pick the Nets. The Bulls just don’t have the ability to consistenly score enough to win, and they play such a physical, grinding style of defense they just don’t have much left to play on both ends of the court.

    • hwatt - May 2, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      so you’re saying the team missing 3 starters may lose? genius! such a surprising insight!

  2. jimmymarlinsfan - May 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Go Nets!

  3. asublimeday - May 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    The nets are just the inferior team. All we need is Nate to get hot and it’s over.

    • Kevin S. - May 3, 2013 at 6:21 AM

      Relying on a midget to consistently hit off-balance twenty-footers isn’t exactly a recipe for offensive success.

  4. eventhorizon04 - May 2, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    “Just to add to the fun, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson are sick, neither went through shootaround and both will be game-time decisions.”

    So, Jimmy Butler can expect a minimum of 45 minutes of playing time.

  5. hammerhead5573 - May 2, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    The Bulls are kinda like that injured deer in the middle of the street. U give them all the credit in the world for hanging in there. Then a semi truck comes and finishes the job. Even if the bulls win, the heat will have an easy go of it. That goes for nets too.

  6. jhuck92 - May 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    I’m not expecting a Jordan-esque flu game performance, but I think Deng and Taj can get it done. Any word on Noah’s foot injury?

  7. glink123 - May 2, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Why play hurt, if Rose won’t play healthy? Is he the only guy on that team with a career? Last time I checked, Deng and Noah were both all-stars, both in their 20’s, both in line for at least one more near-max contract. Rose can win it by himself next year. He’ll need to. Nobody will play with that Diva.

  8. glink123 - May 2, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Jimmy Buckets is going to become the next DWade. Give him one full season with a real PG setting him up. Get your checkbook ready, Jerry.

  9. badintent - May 2, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Deng has left the building with the flu. Elvis has left the building , chilling with Micheal Jackson

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