Hinrich not playing Friday against Pacers


Oct 26

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I must admit I have trouble asking men about certain parts of their anatomy. Well, women, too.

But as the fearsome and fearless if not feckless journalist and prober, all questions must be considered.

So here we go again about Kirk Hinrich’s groin tweak.

I still flinch writing it.

In any case, as expected Hinrich sat out Friday’s final preseason game at Notre Dame in South Bend with the groin injury/tweak sustained in the first half of Tuesday’s preseason win over Oklahoma City.

“I’m still pretty sore, so I’m just trying to do everything I need to do to try to get better,” Hinrich said before Friday’s game. “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 about Wednesday’s opener against the Sacramento Kings, Hinrich with no visible wincing said, “That’s the plan. I don’t really know (if I’d play tonight if it were a regular season game). My goal right now is just to try to get as healthy as I can be. So right now, that’s all I’m focused on. I don’t know if I’d be able to play in a regular-season game or not.

“I think Marquis (Teague) is doing very well,” Hinrich said. “I think he’s doing very well. Every day, he’s coming in and working and he’s going to get his chance, and he’s doing a good job of just preparing himself.”

Nate Robinson was in the starting lineup for Friday’s game against the Pacers, who are generally the favorites to win the Central Division this season.

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