Kirk Hinrich out for about a week with bad elbow
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org February 2, 2013 10:36PM
Nate Robinson, who started Saturday, drives past Jeff Teague to the bucket. | Kevin C. Cox~Getty Images
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Updated: March 4, 2013 6:50AM
ATLANTA — Bulls starting point guard Kirk Hinrich will miss ‘‘a week or so’‘ after getting his injured right elbow ‘‘cleaned out’’ on Friday in Chicago, coach Tom Thibodeau said.
The fear is that Hinrich’s status might be the good news on the injury front. Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer also did not play against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.
Noah, who has a sore right foot, did not even participate in warmups and missed his second consecutive game. Boozer received treatment for his sore hamstring and warmed up lightly but did not play for the third game in a row.
Hinrich originally suffered a laceration on his elbow on Jan. 7 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
‘‘[It’s] just swollen,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘It was in a tough place [on his elbow], so he kept breaking it open. He’s on the floor all the time.’’
But Thibodeau said his prognosis on Hinrich was inexact.
‘‘I say around a week. I don’t know if it’s longer than that,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s what we’re hoping for. I just want him healthy. He’s such an important part of this team.’’
With Hinrich out, Nate Robinson has a bigger role as the starting point guard. Scoring is no problem for him, and he had 11 assists against the Nets on Friday night. But a bonus has been his improved defensive play, a credit to playing for Thibodeau.
‘‘The one thing that I like about Nate is he’s put a lot more work into his defense,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘It still has a lot of work where he can improve, but he’s moving into the right direction.”
With the Bulls short-handed and playing the second of back-to-back games, Thibodeau was forced to adjust his rotation against the Hawks. Vladimir Radmanovic made a rare appearance in the second quarter but was ineffective. He shot 0-for-2 (with his first shot blocked) with three fouls in a five-minute stint in which the Bulls were outscored 11-4.
Teague vs. Teague
Rookie Marquis Teague started the second quarter and was matched up against his older brother — Hawks point guard Jeff Teague — on defense.
Marquis hit a floater in the lane in the first minute of the quarter to give the Bulls a 26-17 lead and assisted on another basket before being replaced by starter Robinson.
Ray Lewis fan
Asked for a Super Bowl prediction, Thibodeau said, ‘‘One of the Harbaughs will win.’’ Pressed to pick a winner, he chose the Ravens, ‘‘just because of Ray Lewis. I think he’s a fierce competitor. But I like both teams.’’