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Kirk Hinrich to face Hornets

Updated: February 19, 2013, 3:18 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

NEW ORLEANS -- Chicago Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich will start Tuesday night against the New Orleans Hornets after missing the past three weeks because of an infection in his elbow. The Bulls, who were 2-5 in Hinrich's absence, are excited to have him back on the floor.

"He's a very important part of the team," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said before Tuesday's shootaround. "He plays to his strengths, he covers up his weaknesses, he runs the team very efficiently. It's important, ...

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