Kirk Hinrich sits out preseason finale

Updated: October 26, 2012, 9:50 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Kirk Hinrich did not play Friday night in the Chicago Bulls' preseason finale against the Indiana Pacers, and his status is questionable for Wednesday's regular-season opener.

Hinrich, who strained his right groin during Tuesday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, said the "plan" is for him to play in the regular-season opener against the Sacramento Kings. But he admitted that if the regular season had started Friday, he isn't sure he would have been ready to play.

"I don't know," he said. "My goal right now is just to try to get as healthy as I can be. Right now, that's all I'm focused on. I don't know if (I could have been ready) to play if (Friday) was a regular-season game or not to be honest."

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was also noncommittal about Hinrich's status for Wednesday.

"(He's) a little better," Thibodeau said. "We just think it's smart right now to hold him out."

Hinrich said he hasn't done much since the initial injury.

"I'm still pretty sore," he said. "I'm just trying to do everything I need to do to try to get better ... really I haven't done too much. I rode a bike, a lot of treatment, stuff to try to get me going in the right direction."

Hinrich, who also missed a game earlier this preseason because of a thumb injury, has played well in place of Derrick Rose when he's been on the floor. He averaged 9.0 points and 6.0 assists this preseason.

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