Missed opportunities give lowly Wizards 90-86 win over Bulls
BY JOE COWLEY email@example.com April 2, 2013 8:29PM
Updated: April 2, 2013 11:31PM
WASHINGTON – The next time Kirk Hinrich is in that position, he promised he would just bite his tongue.
The way the Bulls are going, however, that would cause the point guard to develop some sort of infection, missing the next five games.
“We’re just going through a stretch right now,’’ Hinrich said after the 90-86 to Washington at the Verizon Center Tuesday night.
A stretch in which the Bulls (40-33) are finding ways to lose games, and a bigger concern, losing bodies, with Taj Gibson the latest key player to go down, as the forward re-injured the left MCL that cost him 10 games last month.
“All I can remember is I did a rotation, tried to slide and it just buckled on me,’’ Gibson said of the second-quarter injury. “It was real painful. I tried to just play through it because I kind of got nicked up the last couple games, played through it. But I told Thibs [coach Tom Thibodeau] to take me out, and just went to the back. I just knew it was real painful, and I couldn’t keep going and hurt my teammates.’’
Not that his teammates didn’t hurt themselves.
Trailing 83-82 with 3:18 left, Nazr Mohammed looked to give the Bulls the lead on his put-back, but it was waved off as an offensive interference call. Hinrich started pleading his case with official Sean Corbin, who promptly handed him a technical.
The problem was that Hinrich was complaining about a non-call on his drive to the basket the play before, and when he tried explaining that, along came technical No. 2 and the ejection.
“I didn’t, but in that situation late in a game, you just got to try to avoid that happening,’’ Hinrich said when asked if he felt the calls were warranted. “I got to bite my tongue and let it go.’’
A proposition that Thibodeau was having a hard time with after the game.
“Quite frankly I didn’t understand it,’’ Thibodeau said of the calls against his point guard. “Didn’t understand the call, didn’t understand the technical. I don’t even think he was talking about the goal-tending. He was talking about the play before. Clearly that ball was out of the rim.’’
The Bulls still had chances to come back, but Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson missing two free throws each didn’t help.
Like the Dallas game on Saturday, every mistake late hurt.
“You got to find a way in the end,’’ Thibodeau said. “Things went against us. Lost Kirk, missed some free throws, got to do better.’’
As far as Gibson, he will have an MRI today, with the hope that it’s a tweak of the MCL rather than a tear.
“Hopefully it’s not as worse at it was before,’’ Gibson said.