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Gordon game-time decision

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Ben Gordon will test his strained left hamstring before Game 5 tonight in Boston to determine whether he is able to go. Gordon, though, didn't sound optimistic following the Bulls' shootaround this morning.

"I don't think it feels any worse, but it hasn't gotten any better," he said.

Gordon didn't participate in the shootaround. When asked if he would try to play, he said: "I don't know yet. I'm going to wait and see how it feels."

Gordon injured the hamstring during the first half of Game 4 on Sunday. He received a shot at halftime and returned to the game to hit several key shots, including a last-second three-pointer to send the game into double overtime.

Gordon rarely is injured -- he played in all 82 games during the regular season -- and is about the closest thing the Bulls have to an ironman. Teammate Derrick Rose is confident Gordon be along side him in the backcourt tonight.

"Ben's gonna play," Rose said. "He's a fighter. He was supposed to sit out last game, but he played and still hit the big shot, made some big plays."

Gordon is the leading scorer in the series with the Boston Celtics, averaging 24.8 points. If he isn't able to play Kirk Hinrich will start at shooting guard.

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