Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich questionable for Game 6

Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich was forced to miss Game 5 of the team’s opening-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets due to a calf injury. The bruised left calf could keep him out for longer than just one game, but Hinrich told reporters – including K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune – that he’s going to do everything he can to not be out for too long.

"It’s just one of those things," Hinrich said. "I’m going to do everything the medical staff tells me to do and see how it progresses. Hopefully, I won’t be out long. I’m going to get a lot of treatment, do everything they tell me to do and hopefully it will be sooner than later."

Hinrich isn’t sure when he suffered the injury, but he speculated that it could have occurred when he took a charge from Nets point guard Deron Williams in the first half of Saturday’s triple-overtime thriller. Whatever the case, it definitely occurred during the first half of play, but he continued to remain in the game through the pain.

The injury prevented Hinrich from putting weight on his left leg prior to Game 5, and the Bulls ultimately ruled him out. There’s no tear in the calf – according to Johnson – and Hinrich is hoping to return in time for Thursday’s Game 6. If he’s not able to, he’ll once again be replaced in the Bulls’ lineup with Nate Robinson.

For what it’s worth, Johnson notes that Chicago is 27-12 with Hinrich in the lineup and 5-13 when he’s out.

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