Kirk Hinrich out of Game 6
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, still hampered by a bruised left calf, and Luol Deng, who is sick, sat out of Game 6 of their first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.
While Hinrich's status had been in question, Deng's lack of availability came as a surprise. Thibodeau described his illness as "a viral flu," and he was reportedly tested for spinal meningitis, according to Comcast Sports Net, which also said the results of the test were negative.
"He was in the facility in the morning and got treatment," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said after a 95-92 loss to the Nets. "Came in this evening and got more treatment. So basically I didn't find out until about an hour, hour and a half before the game."
Hinrich missed the Bulls' Game 5 loss after playing 60 minutes on Saturday, when he scored 18 points with 14 assists in Chicago's triple-overtime victory. He was still struggling to put pressure on his left foot on Wednesday.
Guard Jimmy Butler said the Bulls' approach will remain the same no matter who is on the floor.
"Same way you approach every game. Focus in on them, even more focus on ourselves as a team," Butler said. "And I feel like we're going to just go out and play hard; defend, rebound, obviously, and come out on top."
Hinrich, 32, has battled injuries all season, but missing the playoffs is taking a toll.
"It's brutal," he said Wednesday. "All year we've kind of been looking forward to this time. This is really the second time I guess I've missed playoff action, and it's never any fun. You never want to end a year like that."
Information from The Associated Press and ESPNChicago.com's Nick Friedell was used in this report.