Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Guard Kirk Hinrich will 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 will miss the game due to an illness,
though key reserve Taj Gibson will play through his flu-like symptoms. Neither
player participated 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.
Bulls center Joakim Noah has been battling plantar fasciitis in his right
foot for more than a month, but the All-Star 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