UPDATE (6:12 p.m.)
No Jo, Booz or Kirk tonight in Brooklyn...Nazr, Taj and Nate will start
— Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) February 2, 2013
BROOKLYN—For their debut appearance at the Barclays Center, it appears that the Bulls could be severely undermanned Friday night against the Nets, CSNChicago.com has learned.
In addition to Carlos Boozer, deemed a game-time decision prior to the team’s morning shootaround — Boozer is nursing a right hamstring injury — fellow starters Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah could also miss the contest.
Hinrich has an infection in his right elbow and after flying to New York with the team, returned to Chicago before the Bulls’ Friday-morning shootaround, a source told CSNChicago.com.
Hinrich popped the bursa sac in his elbow during a Jan. 7 home win over Cleveland and subsequently missed the Bulls’ Jan. 9 loss to Milwaukee at the United Center.
Upon returning to the lineup in a Jan. 11 win in New York, Hinrich acknowledged that he was at risk of suffering an infection in the future, but said that the situation would be monitored to the best of his and the Bulls’ medical staff’s ability.
Noah, who is suffering from a foot injury, didn’t participate in shootaround and is unlikely to play against Brooklyn, while reserve forward Vladimir Radmanovic will be a game-time decision due to tightness in his back, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Noah could be dealing with a bout of plantar fasciitis, the ailment that plagued the All-Star center in his left foot during the 2009-10 season.
Although he has struggled more with ankle injuries than any other ailment since then, the condition is something that can either reoccur or disappear completely during the course of a player’s career.
Assuming Noah, Hinrich and Boozer don’t play Friday, expect veteran Nazr Mohammed to start at center, Nate Robinson to resume his periodic fill-in role at starting point guard and Brooklyn native Taj Gibson to start at power forward in his hometown.