Hinrich banged up, Noah feeling better for Bulls

Hinrich banged up, Noah feeling better for Bulls
April 28, 2013, 9:00 pm
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NEW YORK--The relatively positive health status the Bulls have enjoyed during their first-round playoff series against the Nets thus far may have taken a turn for the worst.

Kirk Hinrich, who had 18 points, three steals and tied a franchise playoff record with 14 assists in Saturday afternoon’s Game 4 win at the United Center, apparently suffered a calf injury during the triple-overtime thriller, in which he played a record-tying 60 minutes.

“He got banged up a little bit,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said after the team’s film session Sunday afternoon at the Berto Center. “I think he got tangled up. It was just one of those things.”

Thibodeau refused to go into any detail about the veteran’s ailment, calling it “just a bruise,” and not clarifying the starting point guard’s status for Monday night’s Game 5 in Brooklyn.

“I don’t want to jump to any conclusions,” the coach said. “We’ll see where he is tomorrow.”

In a more positive development, All-Star center Joakim Noah, who played nearly 40 minutes Saturday—his minutes restriction prescribed a maximum of 30—had no immediate repercussions from his heavy workload.

“He says he’s feeling a lot better. The big thing is from the end of the regular season, he would play and the next day he would be extremely sore,” Thibodeau explained about Noah, who finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots before fouling out of Game 4. “Now he’s to the point where he’s playing and doesn’t have that same soreness the next day. That’s a big plus for us. He’s starting to get his timing back.”