Bulls G Hinrich to have right elbow examined

Bulls G Hinrich to have right elbow examined
February 1, 2013, 7:54 pm
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Chicago Bulls' Kirk Hinrich (12) puts up a shot as Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings, left, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

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NEW YORK (AP) Guard Kirk Hinrich has returned to Chicago to have his right elbow examined, and the Bulls also played without center Joakim Noah and forward Carlos Boozer when they faced the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

Hinrich has been hampered by injuries for much of the season. He is averaging 7.0 points in 40 games.

He started Chicago's 104-88 victory at Milwaukee on Wednesday and finished with six points in 32 1/2 minutes.

The Bulls said Hinrich's status ``will be determined once all medical information has been gathered.''

Though the Bulls' notes said Noah had a right foot injury, coach Tom Thibodeau refused to specify before the game, calling it a ``lower-body'' injury. Pressed further, he said the All-Star was ``nicked up.''

Boozer has an injured right hamstring.

Taj Gibson and Nazr Mohammed started in the frontcourt along with Luol Deng, while Nate Robinson replaced Hinrich.