As expected, Kirk Hinrich sat with his strained right groin, replaced as an exhibition starter by a highly effective Nate Robinson. Speaking for the first time since suffering the injury, Hinrich said he hurt it early in the first half of Tuesday's victory over Oklahoma City. He said it didn't fully bother him until he sat out a stretch and returned late in the first half. He then skipped the second half. "I'm still pretty sore, so I'm just trying to do everything I need to get better," Hinrich said. "Really, I haven't done too much. Rode the bike, a lot of treatment, stuff to try to get me going in the right direction." Asked if he planned on playing in Wednesday's regular-season opener, Hinrich said: "That's the plan." Hinrich did concede he didn't know if he would have been able to play Friday if it were a regular-season game. With rest and treatment, he is seeking improvement by Wednesday. Bombs away: After missing his first seven 3-point attempts, Marco Belinelli's first as a Bull was memorable, a desperation fling to beat the shot clock. Belinelli finished with seven points in 17 minutes. "Maybe I tried to be more aggressive," Belinelli said. "That was important for me. I missed easy shots before and then I score on a crazy shot. Maybe I didn't think too much."
Hinrich vows to play in Wednesday's opener
Chicago Tribune | Oct 27