Kirk Hinrich misses game to have elbow re-examined

2/1/13 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich will remain sidelined tonight against the Brooklyn Nets due to an impeding elbow examination. Kirk Hinrich returned to Chicago on Friday to have his right elbow examined by team Chicago Bulls head team physician Dr. Brian Cole.
 
Kirk Hinrich has missed five games this season due to multiple injuries. In the 40 games he has played this season, Kirk Hinrich is averaging 7 points per game. Starting in Chicago Bulls’ 104-88 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Kirk Hinrich had six points while playing 32 ½ minutes of the game.
 
The Chicago Bulls are 2-3 in games without Kirk Hinrich.
 
The 10-year veteran Kirk Hinrich initially sustained the injury, while diving for the ball and getting a gash on his elbow, in Chicago Bulls’ 120-97 loss to the Houston Rockets on Christmas Day. Consequently, an infection developed with a bursa sac on Kirk Hinrich’s elbow, which burst during a Jan. 7 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
 
So far, Kirk Hinrich has missed only one game due to the elbow injury in early January. The timetable for the injury is still unknown although Dr. Brian Cole intends to determine Kirk Hinrich’s status after examining the elbow. However, there have been no indications for serious concerns since the elbow hasn’t really been bothering Kirk Hinrich in recent days, and there have been no reported setbacks.
 
Nate Robinson is expected to start in Kirk Hinrich’s place against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Nate Robinson has been on a hot roll lately, averaging 20 points in the past four games, while shooting 57 percent from the field.
 
Chicago Bulls also listed Carlos Boozer as questionable with a sore hamstring for Friday’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. The Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer injured his right hamstring in the first quarter of Monday’s win over the Charlotte Bobcats but kept playing through it in the game. However, he winded up missing Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
 
Before Friday’s shootaround Carols Boozer said his right hamstring was still feeling “sore and stiff”, and if he ends up not plating tonight at the most he could miss another couple of days.
 
Taj Gibson could start in Carlos Boozers absence. The fourth-year forward Taj Gibson had 14 points, nine rebounds, while logging 34 minutes in Wednesday’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks. It was Taj Gibson’s second start this season.
 
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is also questionable against the Brooklyn Nets while dealing with a sore foot that kept him out of Friday morning’s shootaround. Nazr Mohammed could get his first start of the season while filling in for Jaokim Noah.
 
The Chicago Bulls are 11-2 on the road in the Eastern Conference.
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