OAKLAND - After missing five consecutive games with a right foot injury, veteran point guard Kirk Hinrich could return to the Bulls' lineup Friday night.
"Yeah, I think so. I've got to see how my foot reacts to all the movement. If I don't have a setback between today and tomorrow as far as swelling or anything, I'm going to try to play," he said. "I'm feeling better, so I'm excited about it and I was able to get out here and do some things today. So, I feel real good about it."
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was cautiously optimistic about the status of both Hinrich, who has missed 20 games this season with seven separate injuries, and top reserve Taj Gibson, who has been sidelined for eight straight games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
"Did a little bit more. Still not quite ready. Kirk had a very good day. Taj still, he's coming around. We'll see tomorrow," Thibodeau said. "I don't know [about Hinrich]. He's still day-to-day. He's doing a lot more, though."
Hinrich also gave an explanation for his mysterious injury, which occurred overnight between a March 2 Bulls home win over Brooklyn and a March 3 road loss to Indiana.
"I had a stress reaction in a bone in my foot. It's like a precursor to a stress fracture, so it was like a bunch of swelling, and real tenderness and pressure before, but it's doing a lot better," he explained, before detailing the chances of further exacerbating the injury. "I'm not sure. I don't think you can rule it out. I think anytime you go out there, you can get injured. I don't think it's something that immediately follows it, from my understanding."