Kirk Hinrich Injury: Updates on Bulls Guard’s Toe and Return

February 7th, 2015 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau will need to dig a little deeper into his bench after Saturday night.

Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans reported that Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich left the game against the New Orleans Pelicans with turf toe:

Hinrich has incurred the wrath of a large segment of Bulls fans, who continue to wonder why he plays a little over 27 minutes a night. Entering Saturday, Hinrich's 6.6 points per game were tied for the lowest in his career, and he was shooting a rather-pedestrian 36.5 percent from the field.

According to, his PER was 7.1.'s Nick Friedell put into perspective just how bad that is:

Thibodeau is well known for relying heavily on a small handful of players, of which Hinrich is a part. It will be interesting to see how he switches up his lineup to compensate for Hinrich's absence.

Given how poorly the 34-year-old has played this year, it's unlikely that his injury will have a demonstrable impact on the Bulls as a whole. In fact, it might even allow a sparingly used bench play ...

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