Hinrich undergoes MRI; Rose 'unlikely' vs. Pistons


CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich underwent an MRI on his left knee Thursday, but the results were unknown by Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau following the team’s afternoon practice.

“He just got back,” Thibodeau said. “He was having an MRI done this morning. He hasn’t said anything to me yet. He said last night it wasn’t too bad. But I haven’t gotten a report on the MRI yet.”

Hinrich injured his left knee while taking a charge during the third quarter in Wednesday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He left the game with 4:35 remaining in the third quarter and did not return. Thibodeau said on Wednesday that X-rays on Hinrich’s knee were negative.

If Hinrich is unable to play against the Detroit Pistons on Friday, Thibodeau was confident E'Twaun Moore and Jimmy Butler could help Aaron Brooks with point-guard duties.

“We got more than enough,” Thibodeau said.

Rose "unlikely" to play against Pistons

Thibodeau said point guard Derrick Rose was “unlikely” to be active against the Pistons. Rose again participated in contact drills during practice on Thursday.

Thibodeau said the team’s scrimmages were the best opportunity for Rose to get his stamina back. Thibodeau described Rose as “making progress."

“That’s the big thing because it’s different,” Thibodeau said of Rose’s conditioning while taking contact. “It’s body on body. There’s the physicality of it. He has to get used to that and getting around screens and things of that nature. The more he does it, the better he’ll get.

“You can do the conditioning, but until you get into a game, the scrimmaging is important. That’s about as close as you can get to what’s required in the game, but nothing’s that’s going to be the same as the game. He’s just got to continue to do all the things he’s doing and get out there.”

Thibodeau also thought Rose’s minute load would have to reduced when he first returns to games.

“He’s not going to be at where he was when he left off, and anybody’s who’s missed that amount of time is normal protocol," he said. "We’ll see when he’s ready to go, then we’ll decide how much [he plays]. He’s got to play well when he’s out there. You can’t leave him out there if he’s not playing well. You got to make sure he’s playing well.”

McDermott progressing

Thibodeau said forward Doug McDermott practiced Thursday and was feeling better. McDermott missed Wednesday’s game because of back soreness.