(Source) Kirk Hinrich, the feisty point guard that sparked the three Bulls wins against the Nets with his defense on Deron Williams, will be out for the Bulls Thursday night for Game 6. So tweets K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
The loss of Hinrich a big blow for a Bulls team that knows it has its best shot to close out this series and advance on Thursday night at home. Chicago leads the best-of-seven series 3-2.
In games 1 and 5 of the series (when Hinrich was not covering Williams) D-Will averaged 22.5 points on 51.7 percent shooting plus having 8.5 assists per game — he broke down the Bulls defense and led his team to wins. In the three games Hinrich was on him D-Will averaged 19.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting with 8 assists per game (and the scoring/assists numbers are skewed by the triple overtime game).
Hinrich out, Taj and Deng sick, we have no jobs, our pets heads are falling off! Just an all around shit show. And the Bulls have to win tonight. Have to. A seventh game on the road with a banged up team is not where you want to be.
Now if only our MVP point guard would suit up tonight then we’d maybe have a shot here. Listen, I have been one of the biggest defenders of D-Rose through this entire situation, he has an incredible future ahead of him so he should take his time coming back, but if he is truly medically cleared to play, why not? If its a mental thing fine, I respect that. But I think the biggest problem with this whole situation is that there is no one who will straight shoot Derrick. His brother and inner circle clearly won’t. The Bulls front office is scared to push him because they don’t want him to sour on the franchise. Thibs can’t do it because his future is tied to D-Rose. His teammates love him too much. So who can? Who can tell him to sack up and come back for the City of Chicago. I’ll tell you who. This man.
MJ needs to call D-Rose and have a heart to heart. I’m half joking but I’m also kind of serious. I feel like he would play tonight if this happened, no questions asked. If anyone can do it, MJ can.
Did people see 670 The Score asking fans to write an open letter to D-Rose? Yeah that will work. Lets all call D-Rose a pussy and a bitch and he’ll for sure want to come back and play for this fan base. I won’t think any less of Derrick if he doesn’t come back this year, I just want to see him get his mental game together and play basketball again, that’s all. Anyone who calls him a pussy now, when things are rock bottom, can get the fuck out and never come back.