Carlos Boozer didn’t join the trip with his teammates on Monday as they tried to beat the approaching storm passing through the Midwest.
The veteran power forward was attending to a personal matter, according to a team spokeman, but he is expected to be in town in time to make Wednesday’s game against the league-best San Antonio Spurs.
Already without Richard Hamilton, who didn’t travel with the team, Taj Gibson, still out with a sprained left MCL, it’s going to take another gritty effort from the Bulls if they want to compete with the Spurs who are 24-3 at home.
Kirk Hinrich is doubtful as he was still wearing a walking boot on his right foot during Tuesday’s practice session and was limited to just stationary biking.
“I have a bunch of swelling in my foot,” Hinrich told reporters. “Just having trouble putting any sort of pressure on it. They didn’t really give me a timetable, as far as when I’ll return. It’s just a matter of the pain getting better and the swelling going down. It started Saturday night. My foot was hurting. I was having trouble sleeping. It was throbbing. I woke up in the morning, it was swollen and I couldn’t put much pressure on it.
“Right now, I’m having trouble putting any type of pressure on it, even when I walk, on the side of my foot. The [walking] boot, that’s huge. That’s the only way I’ve really been able to get around the last couple of days. The boot’s good. It protects the foot. If I take my boot off, it’s pretty painful getting around.”
Nate Robinson is expected to start if Hinrich sits out his 17th game of the season. The veteran guard is dealing with a left rib injury he suffered during Saturday’s win vs. the Brooklyn Nets.
Coach Tom Thibodeau called the injury a tweak.