Hinrich said "I'd have to improve some definitely" for a chance to play in Game 6.
Hinrich has been a key cover on Williams in this series, and the team's defense is staggeringly better with him on the court: the Bulls have surrendered 20 fewer points per 100 possessions in this series when he's on the floor.
Game 6 starts in Chicago at United Center at 8 P.M. EST.
BY JOHN HOOD
At the beginning of this season, a Brooklyn Nets-Chicago Bulls playoff matchup would have a duel of elite point guards written all over it. But through five games of the Nets-Bulls first round matchup, no one could have expected that the talk of the series would still be the Bulls point guard play with Derrick Rose still sidelined with a torn ACL, as Nate Robinson and Kirk Hinrich have made their presence known through all five games.
Robinson single-handedly stole Game 4 with an offensive explosion that erased a 14-point lead with less than three minutes left in the game. As for Hinrich, he has been a pest on defense, hassling Deron Williams on nearly every possession.
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Former New Jersey Nets forward (1997-99) and Elizabeth, N.J. native Chris Gatling faces several criminal charges after police said he squatted in a Paradise Valley, AZ home for over a year and then tried to list the house for rent on Craigslist.
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Johnson says he's been severely limited by his plantar fasciitis, an injury he incurred in February and never fully healed.
"It's like i'm out there on one leg, honestly," Johnson said to reporters after Nets practice Wednesday. "I can't push the basketball if I get a rebound. I can't really run pick-and-rolls. I'm basically just a decoy spot-up shooter, I can't really do a whole lot. I told Deron (Williams) and Brook (Lopez), 'I'll be the bailout guy: you get in a sticky situation, just try to find me.'
Johnson also said that the only reason he's playing is because it's the playoffs, and that he probably wouldn't play if this was the regular season.
"When it first came about in February, we tried to rest it as much as possible, but obviously there wasn't enough time. So I'm just giving everything I got at this point."
Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo said that playing minutes won't affect Johnson any further. "It's injured. He's done the damage."
Islander star John Tavares and several of his teammates made their first visit to their new home, Barclays Center, Monday night, watching the Nets beat the Bulls in Brooklyn. The Nets made the most of it by showing the group waving "Blackout in Brooklyn" rally towels on the big Daktronics screen late in the game. Tavares and Matt Moulson were also featured in a public service announcement about arena policy. Arena officials were also quick to note that the players arrived at Barclays via the LIRR ... and that it's possible the Islanders could be in Brooklyn by 2014, not 2015.
Expect a lot more of that cross-marketing soon: the Nets/Barclays Center management, led by Brett Yormark, is taking over Islander business operations. An official announcement is expected soon. The takeover will include marketing and ticket sales. Yormark and Islanders owner Charles Wang hinted at the arrangement last week during a Sports Business Journal event at Barclays.
The post goes on to note that the Islanders likely won't change their name, nor their colors to black-and-white, but they may have a black-and-white alternate uniform.
When the Brooklyn Nets signed Andray Blatche in September to a non-guaranteed deal, to say I went ballistic would be an understatement. I ranted for weeks. I wrote at length about how his talent was exclusively perception, and his combination of on- and off-court ineptitude made the deal little more than a worthless signing. I yelled at people. I fell so deep down the desperation rabbit hole a writer that I'd never spoken with in person messaged me to reassure me it was a non-guaranteed deal. This stuff actually happened. I was just livid as a human being that the Nets would give this waste of a basketball player a shot.
I say this because I need to make it abundantly clear: if you'd told me in September that I'd be advocating starting Andray Blatche in an elimination playoff game, I would've asked when Brook Lopez's funeral was, and if mine was scheduled for the same day.
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"Very sore," Carlesimo said on the call of Blatche's calf. He also considered taking Blatche out of the fourth quarter in Game 5, but Blatche requested he play through it. Blatche scored 10 points on 4-6 shooting in 11 fourth-quarter minutes, helping cement the 110-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls, and finished with 13 points overall.
Blatche, who was seated for his postgame locker room interview, said that the calf was "aching" after the extended time but he was getting treatment on it immediately afterwards.
"I'll be ready for the game on Thursday," he added.