Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Hinrich's absence hurt the Bulls
By Nick Borges
Kirk Hinrich was unavailable for Game 5 against the Nets due to a left calf injury and his absence definitely hurt the Bulls' chance to win, which they did not. The Bulls still lead 3-2 heading back to Chicago and they need him for Game 6.
Head coach Tom Tom Thibodeau started Nate Robinson at point guard in Game 5 and he'll likely keep that spot if Hinrich can't go in Game 6.
Nick FriedellBulls miss Hinrich's defense
"Hinrich's leadership was missed Monday but not nearly as much as his defensive presence on Nets guard Deron Williams and his calming presence on the offensive end. Williams had 23 points and 10 assists -- but the key was that Hinrich's absence forced Robinson into playing almost 44 minutes. While Robinson still played a solid game, the energy the diminutive guard usually brings into contests was muted a little due to all his added responsibilities. The difference was not lost on Williams."