CHICAGO (Sporting Alert) — Point guard Kirk Hinrich will not play for the Bulls in Game 6 of their NBA playoff first round series clash with the Brooklyn Nets here at the United Center in Chicago tonight.
When: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: TNT, YES (Brooklyn), Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Hinrich missed the Game 5 110-91 defeat because of a calf injury and was hoping to feature tonight as the Chicago Bulls, which lead 3-2 look to close out the series.
However, Nate Robinson, despite feeling ill before the start of the game, will start again for Hinrich, who is averaging 11.25 points per game in the series.
Several Bulls fans and media outlets are again calling for the inactive Derrick Rose to return the side and help out his teammates.
Rose looks unlikely to play the rest of this season and head coach Tom Thibodeau said he and the rest of coaching staff fully support whatever decision the former NBA MVP makes.
“There is a big difference between the time of injury that he’s had and all these other injuries,” Thibodeau said. “And we certainly appreciate what all the other guys are doing, but Derrick has had a very serious injury.
“It requires time. He’s 24 years old. We’re not going to rush him back. When he’s completely comfortable, that’s when we want him out there. If that means we wait another game, if that means we wait until next year, so be it.
“We want him completely comfortable and we’re not going to make that mistake.”
In other Bulls team news, Luol Deng (illness) skipped shootaround and was a game time decision. He has been confirmed as a no go for tonight’s game. Marco Belinelli starts the game.
Brooklyn ran away easy winners in Game 1, but dropped three straight to go 3-1 one down before winning on Monday night.
“I really believe that both teams legitimately feel that they’re better than the other team,” Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo was quoted as saying. “Both think they’re capable of winning.”
In the night’s other game on TNT the Denver Nuggets will be hoping to force another game when they take on the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena in Oakland.
All eyes will again be on the sharp shooting Stephen Curry, who scored 31 points and hit a host of three-pointers when these teams last met in Oakland on Sunday night.
Tuesday night Curry was rough up and Golden State head coach Mark Jackson criticized the Nuggets players after the game.
“They’ll be physical again. They’ll try to beat up Steph Curry. They’ll try to set illegal screens. They’ll try to chuck him when he goes down the lane,” Jackson was quoted as saying.
“Other than that, I’m not sure what to expect out of them.”