Saturday, February 2, 2013
Updated: February 3, 4:39 PM ET
Kirk Hinrich out at least 1 week
By Nick Friedell
ATLANTA -- Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (right elbow) missed Saturday night's 93-76 win against the Atlanta Hawks and likely will be out at least a week after having a procedure to "clean" out the area.
Center Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis in right foot) and power forward Carlos Boozer (right hamstring) also didn't play against the Hawks.
The Bulls started Luol Deng, Richard Hamilton, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson against Atlanta.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Hinrich flew back to Chicago on Friday to be examined by team physician Dr. Brian Cole.
"It's probably going to be about a week or so," Thibodeau said. "They cleaned it up; he needs a little bit of time for it to heal up ... It was just swollen. It was in a tough place because he kept breaking it open. He's on the floor all the time so they just had to go in there and clean it up a little bit."
As far as Noah, Thibodeau isn't sure when the center will return to the lineup. Noah missed Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets and Thibodeau said Noah will be day to day as he rest his foot.
"That's going to be it," Thibodeau said. "He's got to get treatment, see where he is each and every day, so hopefully he improves each day. You want him to [be] healthy, so that's the important thing. So he has to work on rehab and getting back and that's where his focus is. The guys that are here, they got to step up."
Boozer has missed two straight games after injuring his hamstring in Monday night's win against the Charlotte Bobcats. Thibodeau doesn't want his power forward to feel extra pressure to come back given all the other injuries on the roster. Boozer was taking shots on the Phillips Arena floor before the game.
"I don't ever want a player to make a decision based on where we are," Thibodeau said. "Whether we've lost a game (or not), I want them healthy and I want them to make their decision based on whether they're healthy enough to play ... we have more than enough to win with so I don't want that factoring in at all."