"I know he's feeling a lot better, so we have to let him get out there. He did some out there yesterday and feels a lot better today," he continued. "It's always a game-time decision. A lot can happen between shootaround and the game. A guy gets treatment. You never know.
Hinrich strained his hip during the first half of Chicago's 87-80 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves last Saturday. The injury caused Hinrich to miss the second half of Chicago's game against Minnesota, as well as Chicago's 101-95 loss against the Boston Celtics.
Nate Robinson started in Hinrich's place against the Celtics and scored 11 points while dishing out seven assists in 30 minutes. Robinson was 3-of-7 shooting.
The 31-year-old Hinrich is averaging 5.7 points per game and 5.0 assists per game so far for the Bulls through six games.
Despite Thibodeau's mild optimism, Hinrich is considered a game-time decision, and Bulls fans and fantasy owners alike won't know until right around tip-off if Hinrich will play on Wednesday.
Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT in Phoenix.