Hinrich a game-time decision Friday

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Hinrich a game-time decision Friday

NEW YORKBulls starting point guard Kirk Hinrich didnt participate in the teams Friday morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden due to his injured right elbow, which he suffered during Mondays home win over Cleveland and caused him to miss Wednesdays loss to Milwaukee at the United Center.
Im doing better, so well see how it goes, Hinrich said. Im not going to participate this morning. Im just going to watch and evaluate it before the game.
I landed on my elbow and popped my bursa sac. Its just one of those things, the risk of the infection there. Its still much better. Ive had it wrapped it up for a few days, he continued, explaining how the injury occurred against the Cavaliers, while diving for a loose ball. I dont know what the actual diagnosis of it is. I know that they were real worried about it becoming infected. Its real common for that injury to become infected, so thats what I think is their main concern.
Its been a grind. Had a lot of stuff kind of not go my way, as far as injuries. Been nicked up, but just aside from that, I feel like weve been playing good basketball and every chance I can to get out there, I want to be able to get out there and see how it goes.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was typically vague about Hinrichs status.
Hes doing fine. Hes still day-to-day. Well see tonight, the coach said before the Bulls shootaround. Hes better than he was Wednesday.
Hinrich has had six separate ailments this season, including his knee, hip, groin, thumb and left elbow. Backup point guard Nate Robinson will likely start in his place if he cant suit up Friday.

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

In a season where the triple-double has become commonplace to the point of stat chasing in the effort to chase history, Dwyane Wade didn't mind snatching his own piece of turf.

In a game where teammate Jimmy Butler reached the feat for the first time this season, it would've been doubly satisfactory for Wade to achieve the fifth triple-double of his career.

One rebound away in the final seconds of the Bulls' 117-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the memo didn't reach Cristiano Felicio, who reached over Wade to grab a rebound, causing it to harmlessly fall out of bounds and ending Wade's chance at history.

After Wade finished with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 34 minutes, he was asked if he "hated" Felicio for interrupting his moment.

"No hate. Just a strong dislike, though," said Wade with a wry smile. "You know how long it's been since I had a triple double? It's been a long time."

It's been six years, as his last triple-double came in the 2010-11 season with the Miami Heat, achieving the feat with a 22-point, 12-rebound and 10-assist performance against the then-Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 4, 2011.

Even more than the statistical feat was Wade's variety, as he grabbed seven rebounds in the decisive third-quarter run that broke the game open, hitting Butler and Bobby Portis for long touchdown passes that would've had Jay Cutler or whichever quarterback the Cleveland Browns are banking on next fall, blushing.

Perhaps even more impressive was the fact it was on the second night of a back-to-back with the Bulls winning in overtime against the Phoenix Suns—a game where Wade turned it up late then threw it down over Alex Len in overtime.

"I think we just found our groove," Wade said. "We've had some injuries that have gone on but we're playing good basketball."

More pointedly, so is Wade, aided by him often finding Felicio for easy dunks on the pick and roll as they play second and fourth quarters together. 

Felicio was clearly bothered by his gaffe, which was made worse by the take-no-prisoners approach from Wade and Butler. When a member of foreign media approached him about an interview, Felicio said "you're not asking me about that last rebound, are you?"

Later in the evening, Felicio went to Twitter, posting "I did not know!!" in reference to Wade's night.

"I told him I didn't not even gonna act like I ain't mad at him. I'm very mad at him," said Wade with a laugh. "But he's all good. He said he didn't see me down there. So he took a shot at my height. It's cool. Jimmy had one. It would've been nice to have two triple doubles."

"I'm sure a stat would've came out that would've said, ‘Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler are the first duo to get a triple-double on a back-to-back since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen', since they got every record around here."

He was close, although Jordan and Pippen didn't achieve their feat on a back-to-back but a random night in the 1988-89 season. Jordan scored 41 with 11 assists and 10 rebounds and Pippen had 15 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 126-121 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We laugh about that often, but it's all good," Wade said. "I gotta work harder till I get another one one day."

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