INDIANAPOLIS—Kirk Hinrich, who was a wearing a walking boot upon entering Bankers Life Fieldhouse for a Sunday evening matchup with the Pacers, will miss the contest with a sore right foot, according to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.
“He doesn’t know [how the injury happened],” Thibodeau said. “He said he woke up and had soreness in one of his toes.”
Hinrich was unavailable to discuss the mysterious nature of his injury—the starting point guard has had seven separate ailments this season—during the scheduled pregame media-availability session because he was receiving treatment from the team’s medical staff, but Thibodeau described the veteran’s status as “day-to-day,” though the coach received an update after addressing the assembled press corps.
Backup point guard Nate Robinson will start in Hinrich’s place.
“Everyone else is good,” Thibodeau said, when asked about the health of the remainder of his active roster—Rip Hamilton didn’t make the trip, while Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose remained sidelined with knee injuries—for Sunday’s divisional affair. “Just got to be ready. We have enough. Be ready. Next guy step up, get the job done. We’ve been down this road a lot, so Nate, Marquis, Marco, just be ready. Go out there and get the job done.”