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Monday, December 10, 2012
Hinrich practices, elbow feeling better

By Nick Friedell

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Kirk Hinrich practiced fully on Monday afternoon and is expected to play Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers after hyper-extending his left elbow in Saturday's win over the New York Knicks.

"It was hurting for the last couple days," Hinrich said. "It's feeling much better and it's good news."

Hinrich got tangled up during the first half and did not play at all in the second half on Saturday night.

Hinrich, who has already dealt with a thumb injury, a groin injury and a hip injury these season, is relieved he doesn't have to miss any more time. He doesn't think he will have to play through much discomfort Tuesday night. He was wearing a wrap around the elbow during practice.

"(The elbow) did alright, today so hopefully it will improve a little bit by (Tuesday) because in the last couple days I've improved a lot," he said.

The Bulls come into Tuesday's game looking for their fourth win in a row, a feat that Hinrich and his teammates are proud of given the ups and downs they've played through this season.

"We've been playing some good basketball," he said. "Obviously, we feel like we lost some that we should have won, but we've been in most games, had a chance to win most games and that's what we're going to do. Hopefully we can keep putting ourselves in position to win and make some plays down the stretch. The schedule is tough this month and we just have to take them one at a time."

The good news for Hinrich and company is that Derrick Rose continues to work his way back from a knee injury. He was back on the practice floor shooting jumpers on Monday and Hinrich can see Rose is feeling better.

"I'm just glad he's doing good," Hinrich said. "It seems like his spirits are up. Nobody wants to push him or anything, but (I'm) just excited that he's feeling better."