Pregame: Hinrich's absence helps D-Will

The Chicago Bulls will be without point guard Kirk Hinrich for Saturday night’s Game 7.

Kirk Hinrich

Kirk Hinrich

#12 SG
Chicago Bulls

2013 STATS

  • GM60
  • PPG7.7

  • RPG2.6

  • APG5.2

  • FG%.377

  • FT%.714

So how does that impact Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams?

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Williams went 13-for-39 from the field (33 percent) when guarded by Hinrich (calf) in the first four games of the series.

But in the last two games -- both without Hinrich -- Williams took advantage of 5-foot-9 Nate Robinson, going 10-for-18 from the field when Robinson was on him.

Small forward Luol Deng (flu) is also out, though his replacement, Marco Belinelli, is a notorious Nets killer.

Belinelli led the Bulls with 22 points in Game 6, but needed 21 shots to get there.

• In the morning, Nets players filled rookie Tyshawn Taylor’s car with popcorn.

MarShon Brooks, who was the recipient of the same prank earlier in the season, said it was because Taylor was late doing a couple of his so-called rookie duties.

• Who do you want taking the last shot for the Nets if this game is close?

A look at fourth-quarter playoff field goal numbers courtesy of basketball-reference.com:

A. D-Will: 3-for-12 (25 percent)

B. Joe Johnson: 10-for-24 (41.7 percent)

C. Brook Lopez: 10-for-18 (55.6 percent)