Thursday, May 2, 2013
Gimpy Nets look to get well in Game 6
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Neither team is very healthy right now, but the Chicago Bulls might have benefited more than the Brooklyn Nets from an extra day between Games 5 and 6.
The teams got a second day of rest having played Game 5 on Monday at Brooklyn and with Game 6 on Thursday night at Chicago.
Had Game 6 been on Wednesday night, the Bulls might have been weakened since both Taj Gibson and Luol Deng sat out of practice Wednesday with a flu bug. The Bulls are also trying to get Kirk Hinrich (calf) back on the court after he missed Game 5, while Joakim Noah deals with his plantar fasciitis.
The Nets have Joe Johnson still operating at well under 100 percent with his own plantar fasciitis, while Andray Blatche has a sore calf.
“It helped both of us,” interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said of the extra day off. “I think two weeks would be nice for both teams in trying to get guys healthy. Having two off is big and if somehow we can get it done tonight that’s going to be a big challenge for the next one.”
If there is a Game 7 it would will be after just one day off and take place on Saturday at Brooklyn.
“That’s playoffs, and more so the deeper you get in, you get to Games 5, 6 and 7 you usually get the quick turnarounds and unfortunately that’s the payback for the series lasting that long,” Carlesimo said. “That’s just the way it goes.”
As for the Bulls’ health affecting the Nets, Reggie Evans wasn’t going to waste any brain power on it.
“That’s their problem,” he said about Deng and Gibson feeling under the weather.
As for whether or not Hinrich plays?
“I won’t care if he played or he didn’t play,” Evans said. “That’s not my issue. All I can do is worry about my squad. I can’t worry about who they have dressing out or not dressing out.”