Kirk Hinrich Injury: Updates on Bulls Guard's Leg and Return

Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich adjusts his goggles in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 104-92. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2016

Chicago Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich suffered a leg injury on Jan. 15 against the Dallas Mavericks and missed extended time. However, he is ready to return.

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Hinrich Active vs. Clippers

Sunday, Jan. 31

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported Hinrich will play against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Hinrich's Injury Bolsters Bulls' Depth

A year after appearing in 66 games for the Bulls, Hinrich battled nagging hip and toe injuries to start the 2015-16 season. He's only appeared in 28 games so far this season, starting in six of them, and he is averaging a career-low 4.1 points and 1.6 assists per game. 

And while Hinrich isn't considered a big piece of the puzzle in Chicago, he's undeniably important based on Derrick Rose's lengthy injury history alone.

Hinrich started 143 games between the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons as Rose dealt with debilitating knee injuries, and his ability to provide relief as a complementary ball-handler and passer in times of crisis helped stabilize things for Chicago.

Hinrich's also a feisty defender capable of frustrating some of the league's most lethal off-the-dribble threats.  

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