Kirk Hinrich has returned to Chicago to have his right elbow re-examined and won’t play in tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
He will be evaluated by Bulls head team physician Dr. Brian Cole.
Hinrich originally suffered the initial injury in the Bulls Christmas Day loss to the Houston Rockets. He sustained a gash on his right elbow while diving for a loose ball. An infection developed in the elbow as he popped the bursa sac during a Jan. 7 win over Cleveland.
His status will be determined later.
Carlos Boozer will also miss his second straight game due to a sore right hamstring that he suffered in Monday’s win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Taj Gibson will get the start.
In his second start of the season, Gibson finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots in 34 minutes in the Bulls victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
Joakim Noah is questionable with a sore foot and didn’t participate in the team’s shootaround this morning.
Expect Nazr Mohammed to garner his first start of the season and Nate Robinson to fill in for Hinrich.
THIBODEAU NAMED COACH OF THE MONTH
Tom Thibodeau was named NBA Coach of the Month for the Eastern Conference for games played in January.
Denver Nuggets Coach George Karl received the honor for the Western Conference.
Thibodeau helped direct the Bulls to an Eastern Conference-best 12-4 record in the month of January, holding opponents to under 90 points in nine if those games.
Milwaukee Bucks Coach Jim Boylan and Brooklyn Nets Coach PJ Carlesimo were the other nominees of the award.