Tom Thibodeau called the right groin injury to Kirk Hinrich more of a "tweak'' than a concern, but then again, the Bulls coach always likes to leave a cloud of mystery hovering over the details of player injuries.
Either way, Hinrich was on the court Wednesday, shooting around in what was more of a watching film practice than a run-up-and down grind.
"Yeah, just a tweak,'' Thibodeau said of the injury that forced his starting point guard to miss the entire second half of the win over Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
"He should be OK,'' the coach continued. "He just tweaked it, so we'll see. He said he felt better.''
As for the Friday preseason game, Thibodeau said Hinrich was a "game-time decision.''
Beyond that with the regular season set to start next Wednesday?
"I'm thinking about tomorrow,'' Thibodeau added. "He's better today than he was yesterday. We'll see where he is tomorrow.''
Teammate Rip Hamilton hopes that where Hinrich is tomorrow is letting the injury heal, rather than feeling pressured to get back and possibly further damaging the groin. Hamilton knows about groin injuries, missing 10 games with one last season, and having to battle with it longer than that.
"It's tough because you want to be careful with it,'' Hamilton said. "A groin can linger. You just want to jump on it as quickly as possible. And the one thing was good with him was he didn't come back and play the second half. Sometimes your adrenaline will allow you to say, 'Nah, I don't want to sit down. I'll figure it out at the end of the game.' And I think that's what most players do.
"They did a great job of jumping on it early and saying, 'Let's get it right.' Hopefully that will get him right.''