Joakim Noah will be a game-time decision for tonight’s game vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Bulls’ coach Tom Thibodeau said Noah didn’t participate in Monday morning’s shootaround because he was feeling under the weather.
Kirk Hinrich will most likely miss his fourth straight game when the Bulls take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, but he is planning on traveling with the team on their six-game road trip that begins Wednesday in San Antonio. He said his plan is to return to action at some point during the trip as he’s made significant progress with his sore right hamstring.
“You have a sense, but then, the ultimate test is getting out there and doing a lot of movement,” Hinrich said. “I’ve been doing some spot shooting and some light activity, so it’s been going good. So (I’m) just going to start to increase the intensity level of the treatment and rehab.”
The Bulls are 4-9 this season vs. Western Conference team, a record that Thibodeau is hoping the team improves on with seven straight beginning vs. the Timberwolves.
“It’s easy sometimes to try to put it in a box,” Thibodeau said. “But oftentimes I think you also have to look at when you played them, where were you in terms of your schedule, where were you in terms of injury. We were on that West Coast trip early on and we had a lot of guys out. I don’t think we were settled into who we are. Hopefully we are better now than we were then. But we’re going to have to play for 48 minutes.
"That’s the big thing for us. When we put the necessary work into it, that’s when we give ourselves a chance. It always starts with the defense and rebounding and taking care of the ball. If we do that, we’ll be in position to win. Hopefully if you’re in position to win, you’ll get your share.”