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.