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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Kirk Hinrich to sit in Philly

By Nick Friedell

PHILADELPHIA -- Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich will not play Wednesday night because of a left knee injury. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Hinrich sustained the injury during Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Thibodeau said Hinrich is day to day. Nate Robinson will start in his place.

"He's not a big minutes guy right now," Thibodeau said, when asked if Hinrich's minutes will be watched even closer now. "It's part of the league; you're going to get banged up. And when one guy goes down, the next guy has to step up and get the job done.

"So we've been in the situation before; in the Boston game Nate started, Marquis [Teague] came in and did a very good job," he said. "So we have a lot of confidence in his ability; he'll be ready to go."

Thibodeau said Hinrich did not undergo an MRI and tried to warm up to play, but the Bulls decided to hold him out. He sounded confident Hinrich would return to the lineup in the near future. This is the fifth different injury Hinrich has sustained so far this season. He has already dealt with a hip, groin, thumb and elbow.

Thibodeau noted that injured guard Richard Hamilton is still not ready to resume practicing. He tore the plantar fascia in his left foot almost two weeks ago.

"You just got to be patient," Thibodeau said. "Plantar fasciitis is different for everybody. He's doing more and more each day, still not quite ready. Hopefully it will be soon."

As for Derrick Rose (torn ACL), Thibodeau stated that the former MVP is progressing nicely in his recovery.

"That's just going to be a step-by-step process," Thibodeau said. "He's doing fine. He's not ahead of schedule; he's not behind. He's right on schedule.

“And we just have to be patient. He's focused on his rehab. The guys that we have available are focused on improvement and our next opponent, and at some point he'll rejoin us."