NEW YORK –
Asked Friday morning at the team’s shootaround at
Thibodeau added: "When he starts fully practicing, then he'll probably be more on the bench. But if he can get that extra work in (during games), I'd rather have him doing that."
Hinrich, who missed Wednesday's game against Milwaukee, was merely an observer Friday morning and will be a gametime decision.
"I'm doing better," he said. "We'll evaluate it before the game."
Hinrich injured the elbow, which was wrapped Friday, while pursuing a loose ball Monday against Cleveland. He was not clear on the actual diagnosis but said he felt "a pop" in his bursa – the cushion between bone and soft tissue – and that there was a risk of infection.
"That's a real concern with this injury," he said.
Hinrich has missed five games this season due to various ailments.
"It's been a grind," he said. "I've had a lot of stuff not go my way in terms of injuries, but I feel like we've been playing good basketball and every chance I have to get out there, I want to be out there. We'll see how it goes."
He said of the chance to play against the
Thibodeau said he wants Hinrich back to "do what he normally does: Run the team, play great defense, keep us organized."