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Hinrich sidelined for Bulls' preseason finale

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Hinrich sidelined for Bulls' preseason finale

SOUTH BEND, IND.Bulls starting point guard Kirk Hinrich will miss the teams preseason finale Friday evening against the Pacers on the campus of Notre Dame with the right-groin injury he suffered in Tuesdays home win over Oklahoma City.

Were going to hold him tonight, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said during his pregame media availability. Hinrich is doing a little better, just think its smart right now to hold him out.

Hinrich himself spoke to the media for the first time since before he strained his groin in the second quarter of the Thunder game.

Im still pretty sore, so Im just trying to do everything I need to do to try to get better, he explained. Really, I havent done too much. Rode the bike, a lot of treatment, stuff to try to get me going in the right direction.

Hinrich is hopeful that hell play in the Bulls Halloween season opener.

Thats the plan, he saidbut the hard-nosed veteran wouldnt speculate as to whether he would have suited up if this was a regular-season affair.

My goal right now is just to try to get as healthy as I can be, so right now, thats all Im focused on, he said. I dont know if Id be able to play in a regular-season game or not.

Thibodeau said that Nate Robinson, as expected, would start in Hinrichs place, with rookie point guard Marquis Teague in reserve. Thibodeau has been pleased with the Indianapolis natives progress as of late and Hinrich was also complimentary of the youngster.

I think Marquis is doing very well. I think hes doing very well, Hinrich said. Every day, hes coming in and working and hes going to get his chance, and hes doing a good job of just preparing himself.

Wendell Carter Jr. talks up his fit with Lauri Markkanen: 'We're going to be unstoppable'

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Wendell Carter Jr. talks up his fit with Lauri Markkanen: 'We're going to be unstoppable'

Draft prospects always get asked about how they would fit in with the best players on various teams. Once they are drafted, that goes double

New Bulls' draft pick Wendell Carter Jr. didn't disappoint with his answer about how he can play with Lauri Markkanen, the Bulls' first-round pick from the year before.

“We’re going to be unstoppable," Carter Jr. said to reporters in Brooklyn. "He is a great player, someone I can learn from. A great young player. Someone I can learn from on and off the court. With my work ethic, as I come in I’m going to do all I can do to help my team to win. I think we’ll definitely complement one another on both ends of the court.”

Carter Jr. could play the center next to Markkanen at the power forward spot to form a formidable frontcourt if both players continue to develop.

On the ESPN broadcast of the draft, Chauncey Billups talked about the two big guys and the state of the Bulls in general after Carter Jr. was picked.

"I love what they're putting together there," Billups said of the Bulls. "I like their backcourt with Dunn and LaVine. These two big guys, him and Markkanen, are going to play very well together."

Bulls fulfill their promise, take Boise State's Chandler Hutchison at No. 22

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Bulls fulfill their promise, take Boise State's Chandler Hutchison at No. 22

Chandler Hutchison abruptly cancelled his NBA Combine trip a month ago because of a promise given to him by a team in the 20s.

And the Bulls fulfilled that reported promise on Thursday night by taking Hutchison with the 22nd overall pick.

Hutchison, a senior, came on strong in his final two seasons with Boise State, and as a senior averaged 20.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 31.0 minutes. He shot nearly 48 percent from the field, shot a respectable 36 percent from 3-point range and averaged 1.5 steals.

The pick comes after the Bulls opted for the safe route and Duke center Wendell Carter with the 7th pick.

The Bulls were in desparate need of versatility on the wing and they get it in Hutchison, who projects as someone who can play both forward positions.