Kirk Hinrich Injury: Updates on Bulls Point Guard's Calf

Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 29, 2013

The Bulls remain without the services of point guard Kirk Hinrich, who is battling a calf injury.


UPDATE: Wednesday, May 15, at 5:36 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

If the Bulls are going to avoid elimination at the hands of the Miami Heat, they'll have to do it with Kirk Hinrich, who will be out for tonight's Game 5 matchup, according to head coach Tom Thibodeau (via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel).

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UPDATE: Monday, May 13, at 5:50 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Hinrich is officially out tonight against Miami, per Jeff Arnold of the Northwest Herald.

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UPDATE: Monday, May 13, at 5:50 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

According to head coach Tom Thibodeau, Kirk Hinrich is unlikely to return to the lineup for a pivotal Game 4 matchup against the Miami Heat (via ESPN).
Thibodeau said Hinrich, who has been out with a left calf injury since playing about 60 minutes in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Brooklyn Nets, has made some small improvements.

"He's doing a little bit more," Thibodeau said Monday. "We'll see. He's on the bike, doing a little bit of shooting."

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UPDATE: Friday, May 10, at 12:15 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Hinrich will miss Game 3 of the Bulls' series against the Miami Heat, according to the team's official Twitter feed:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 8, at 5:37 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Associated Press reporter Tim Reynolds, Hinrich will miss Game 2 vs. the Heat:

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UPDATE: Saturday, May 4, at 6:49 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Kirk Hinrich is officially out for tonight's Game 7 matchup vs. Brooklyn, according to the Chicago Tribune's K.C Johnson.

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UPDATE: Thursday, May 2, at 12:15 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Disappointing news for Bulls fans, as Kirk Hinrich (calf) will not play in Game 6 tonight, according to the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson.

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The Chicago Bulls have pushed the Brooklyn Nets to the edge in their first-round playoff series, but they will have to try to seal the deal without guard Kirk Hinrich in Game 5.

According to Turner Sports' Rachel Nichols, the veteran will miss Monday evening’s contest in Brooklyn with a calf injury that he cannot put weight on at this juncture.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune noted that Hinrich is currently in a walking boot and could conceivably miss more than just this upcoming game.

This is a huge blow for the Bulls, as the combo guard has played an important role for this team during the first four games of the playoffs. In that time span, he’s averaged 11.3 points, 5.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while playing 40.5 minutes per night.

While those numbers are great, Hinrich’s defensive capabilities may be missed the most. His ability to call out plays and guide teammates to the right position is a big reason why Chicago has been so successful on that end of the floor.

Hinrich likely suffered the injury during an epic Game 4 performance in which the 10-year vet logged 60 minutes of floor time in the Bulls' triple-overtime victory. He notably crashed into the media tables to save a loose ball and remained in the game after.

He required a postgame MRI and felt “pretty bad” after the contest, which makes sense considering the grueling number of minutes, especially in a playoff game. Jonson noted that the MRI didn’t show any tearing, but it revealed a bruise bad enough to keep Hinrich sidelined for the remainder of the week.

With Captain Kirk out of the lineup, Nate Robinson will likely get the nod from coach Tom Thibodeau to start at point guard.

The diminutive Robinson put together a memorable performance and will go down as the hero of Game 4, scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter and sparking a rally that led to Chicago tying things up after being down 109-95 with just three minutes remaining. He finished with 34 points before fouling out.

While Robinson’s offense will certainly be a boon for Chicago, his defensive lapses and tough matchup with Deron Williams could wind up hurting the team over the course of a game.

It will be interesting to see how Thibodeau elects to deal with Hinrich’s absence and what sort of rotation he uses. Hopefully he won’t have to get creative for long and the veteran can return to the floor to help his team attempt to advance in the 2013 NBA playoffs.