Thursday morning Bulls update
Here’s the rundown on injuries and illnesses at the Bulls’ Thursday shootaround:
--Kirk Hinrich (left calf bruise) did not participate and is most likely out for tonight’s Game 6 against Brooklyn at the United Center. Coach Tom Thibodeau declined to speculate on whether the injury could keep Hinrich sidelined beyond tonight’s contest. “We’re just going day by day, hour by hour,” he said. “There’s still 6 or 7 hours before tonight’s game, so we’ll see where he is tonight.”
--Luol Deng and Taj Gibson are still sick. They missed practice Wednesday, checked in at the Berto Center today to listen to the game plan and are game-time decisions tonight. Brooklyn’s Reggie Evans was also out sick yesterday.
--Derrick Rose will not play tonight, according to Thibodeau.
--Joakim Noah is doing well and not experiencing any worsening of his plantar fasciitis.
By now, Bulls fans should be able to recite Thibodeau’s thoughts on the long list of ailments.
“We have more than enough,” he said. “We need everybody. We’ll see how the game unfolds and see what we need.”
The Bulls can close out this first-round series with a win tonight and move on to face Miami. Lose, and they must return to Brooklyn for Game 7 on Saturday. No matter the outcome in this series, Game 1 vs. Miami will be on Monday.
“You’ve got to play well. If you’re relying on hope or if you’re relying on home court, those are the wrong things,” Thibodeau said. “You have to rely on the work and what goes into winning, those are the important things. I feel good about our team. We have a lot of guys who have stepped up all year and everybody has to be ready.”
Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson are the only two Bulls to play in all 87 games this season and both are probable starters tonight.
“I don’t think you ever get used to (playing shorthanded), because you always want everybody back,” Butler said at the Berto Center.” But when you have people down, you still have enough to play with. You still have to go out there and win games. Even if we have everybody or we’re shorthanded, we’re still expected to win.”