SAN ANTONIO—Bulls starters Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich were participants in the team’s morning shootaround at the AT&T Center and are game-time decisions for Wednesday night’s game against the Spurs.
Noah missed Monday evening’s home loss to the Timberwolves, leaving the United Center before the contest began due to illness. The All-Star center was still under the weather at the outset of the Bulls’ six-game road trip, but planned to at least attempt to suit up, though he repeatedly told the assembled media, “I feel like [expletive].”
“Yeah, I came to the game. I haven’t been feeling well, so they told me to just go home,” Noah said. “Come on, man. I’m not a doctor, man. Leave me alone.”
Hinrich, who’s been out with a right-hamstring injury since the Bulls’ Jan. 20 overtime win over the Lakers in Chicago, was a bit more sociable than his teammate. The veteran floor general believes he’s close to returning to the floor after missing the team’s last four games.
“I’m going to try to get through shootaround and hopefully everything goes well. I’ll be able to give us some good minutes tonight, hopefully,” the point guard said. “It’s just been trying to take care of what I had to take care to get feeling better. I’m moving better and I’m feeling better, so I plan on being able to go tonight.”
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was cautiously optimistic about the duo returning to the lineup.
“Jo’s feeling better today, so we’ll see how he does in the shootaround. And Kirk’s going to go through the shootaround, so we’ll see where we are tonight, but both guys are feeling a lot better,” the coach explained. “Both guys are so important to our team and it’s what they do for the team where you miss them. But hey, look, we’ve been without Kirk before, we’ve been without Jo before. So we have the ability to get through that.”