Hinrich hopes to play against Warriors

March, 14, 2013
3/14/13
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich hopes to return to the lineup Friday night against the Golden State Warriors after missing the past five games because of a right foot injury.

"Yeah, I think so," Hinrich said Thursday of his chances to play. "(I'll) kind of see how my foot reacts to all the movement. If I don't have a setback between (Thursday and (Friday) as far as like swelling or anything I'm going to try and play."

Hinrich, who has missed 20 games this season because of seven different injuries, sounded optimistic after spending more than a week in a walking boot.

"I'm feel better, man," Hinrich said. "I'm excited about it. I was able to get out here and do some things today so I feel real good about it."

Hinrich said his injury, which he suffered in a March 2 win over the Brooklyn Nets, could have been worse.

"I had a stress reaction with a bone in my foot," he said. "It's like a precursor to a stress fracture. It was a bunch of swelling and real tenderness with pressure before, but it's doing a lot better."

Meanwhile, Bulls forward Taj Gibson remains likely out for Friday's game as he continues to rehab a sprained left MCL.

"(They) did a little bit more," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Hinrich and Gibson. "Still not quite ready. Kirk had a very good day. Taj, he's coming around. We'll see (Friday)."

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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