Hinrich suffers groin injury vs. Thunder


Hinrich suffers groin injury vs. Thunder

Already beginning the season without All-Star Derrick Rose, the teams point-guard depth suffered another potential hit during Tuesday nights game against the Thunder at the United Center. Veteran Kirk Hinrich strained his right groin in the second quarter of the contest didnt return to the game.

I spoke to Fred Tedeschi, the teams athletic trainer at halftime. He said he tweaked something, said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. I dont know how serious it is. If he needs time, hell get time. If he doesnt, hell play in the next game.

Hinrich missed last Tuesdays win over the Bucks with a right-thumb injury. In his absence, backup Nate Robinson started the second half and seldom-used rookie Marquis Teague also saw minutes at point guard.

I thought Nate played well. In the second half, he was trying to run our offense, said Thibodeau. Teague has done a good job. Hes practicing well. Hes learning the game, the NBA game. Hes learning his teammates. Each day, hes gotten better, so if hes called upon, I expect him to play well.

Even if the injury is minor and Hinrich was sidelined for precautionary reasons, his injury highlighted just how fragile the Bulls depth at the position is. Thibodeau, however, is confident that even if Hinrich was sidelined for an extended period of time, his next man up philosophy, which has worked for the better part of his tenure in Chicago, will allow the team to ride out the storm.

Thats part of the game, he explained. Everybody in that room is capable of playing and playing well, and were going to need everyone over the course of the season, so I expect when theyre called upon, to be ready and get the job done.

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

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The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Who are the Bulls? The team that beat Cleveland and Toronto or lost to Dallas, Minnesota and Milwaukee?

That's the question Bulls fans are currently asking and the one Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill posed in the video above.

The Bulls have had impressive wins and shocking losses, but neither of those should be surprising at this point. The Bulls are, as Goodwill put it, consistently inconsistent.

The first half of the season has proven that Dwyane Wade still has some memorable moments left to give and Jimmy Butler continues to approach superstardom. On the downside, the drama surrounding Rajon Rondo has meant the 'three alphas' that were hyped up in the preseason haven't been the dynamic trio some Bulls fans had hoped.

Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't have the shooters his system needs, but can he still rally the troops and get something out of Rondo?

Watch the video to see Goodwill's look back on the Bulls' first half and what could be ahead.