Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich will not play
in Saturday's deciding Game 7 of the team's Eastern Conference quarterfinals
series with the Brooklyn Nets.
Hinrich also missed the last two matchups of this set -- both Chicago losses
-- with a left calf injury, but did travel with the Bulls to Brooklyn and had
been listed as a game-time decision. However, head coach Tom Thibodeau told
reporters prior to warmups that the veteran point guard had been ruled out.
The Bulls were already entering Saturday's do-or-die showdown without Luol
Deng, the club's leading scorer during the regular season who spent part of
Saturday hospitalized back in Chicago with an unknown illness. The Chicago
Tribune reported that the forward developed complications from a spinal tap he
underwent earlier in the week.
Deng sat out Thursday's Game 6, a 95-92 Nets' win in Chicago that evened the
series at 3-3, as well.
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