Apr 29, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau calls out to his team during the fourth quarter of game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls get second chance to clinch in game six, but injuries mount

The astute fan will notice that the Chicago Bulls still hold a 3-2 lead in their first-round series with the Brooklyn Nets. But tonight’s game six in Chicago is starting to feel like a must-win for the Bulls with the announcement that Kirk Hinrich will miss another game and Luol Deng and Taj Gibson are game-time decisions with the flu.

This season has been all about injuries since before it even started, what with Derrick Rose tearing his ACL 370 days ago and all. But to this point, Chicago has soldiered on as best it can, winning 45 regular-season games and another three in the playoffs despite Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler being the only two Bulls to play in all 87 games to this point.

This task, however, might well be too much for them. The Bulls need but one win and will have two chances at it, but winning a second time in Brooklyn would be tough, and winning tonight only slightly less so. If Deng and Gibson can’t play, the Bulls may very well be completely screwed, as Deng’s absence would require putting a much lesser defender on either Joe Johnson or Deron Williams.

Now, to cheer you up, here’s Jimmy Butler, via ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell:

Game six will begin at 7 p.m. central time on TNT.

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