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Kirk Hinrich injury: Bulls guard strains hip, day-to-day

The Bulls' current starting point guard is day-to-day after suffering a hip strain during the team's victory over the Timberwolves on Saturday night.

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Chicago Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich is day-to-day after straining his hip during the team's victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, as Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports. Doctors performed an MRI on the veteran's hip Sunday, which didn't reveal anything particularly significant.

In the second quarter of Chicago's 87-80 win over the Timberwolves, Hinrich left the game and didn't return, leaving Nate Robinson to handle the point guard duties. Robinson did his part, recording 18 points and two assists, but the Bulls surely recognize that his biggest strength is his scoring ability, not his skill at running an offense.

Over the first six games of the season, Hinrich has averaged 24 minutes per game, but he's scoring just 5.7 points per game on 33 percent shooting. He's fared better from long range (40 percent) and he's dishing 5.0 assists per game, but he'll need to shoot significantly better when he returns.