No Bull – Kirk Hinrich Out 12 Weeks

Even though the Bulls won against Phoenix, they still lost. In his first start of the season — he’d been hinrichcoming off the bench behind Thabo Sefalosha — Kirk Hinrich injured his thumb trying to make a defensive play on Amare Stoudamire. He has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb and he’s expected to undergo surgery tomorrow. He’s going to be out for 3 months which amounts to about 40 games.

This sucks on a lot of levels. First, since Chris Duhon bolted to the Big Apple we don’t have a backup PG now.  Secondly, I have to think that with the emergence of Derrick Rose and with how well he’s been playing Kirk Hinrich was probably trade bait. So much for that. The only good thing that comes out of this is that Ben Gordon gets to start and show what we all know that he can do which is score. Ask the Cavs. In two games against them last week — both Chicago losses — he scored 31pts and 29pts respectively. In his last 3 games he’s put up 31, 23 and 29 and he came off the bench in two of those games. He just can’t guard anybody!!

So the Bulls are sitting at 3-4 right now with the second highest paid player on the team out for 3 months. Granted, he hasn’t contributed much this season as he’s only averaging about 8.3ppg, but his injury still puts their backcourt in a bind because Larry Hughes is also out recovering from a slightly separated shoulder that happened in the third game of the season. I was hoping for the playoffs this year. I guess I’ll just have to settle for Derrick Rose being ROY instead.

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