It’s official: “The NBA announced Saturday that Hinrich has been suspended for a game for making contact with referee Bennie Adams during the Bulls’ 108-95 loss to the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Hinrich was ejected in the fourth quarter when he was assessed a second technical foul by Adams. After the ejection, Hinrich followed Adams, apparently to get an explanation. There was contact as Hinrich, Adams and referee Tom Washington converged.”
The thing is, any “brushing” happened because he walked into a scrum. Take a look at the video (via Pippen Ain’t Easy):
Unfortunately, as John Jackson of the Chicago Sun-Times pointed out: “NBA vice president Stu Jackson, who handed out the penalty, didn’t interpret it that way. The league usually hands out some sort of punishment when there’s contact with an official — even if it was accidental or incidental.”
Man, sometimes when things fall apart, they really fall apart. But Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro is trying to keep a stiff upper lip: “Morale’s good. We just have to keep it together right now, get some rest, get some guys healthy, play a little bit better and try to make a run at it. But we have to get guys back right now.”
It’s possible that Derrick Rose (sprained left wrist) and Luol Deng (strained right calf) might be available for Tuesday night’s game in Memphis. Additionally, Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) might return in a week-ish.
Hopefully, by the time everybody is back and healthy, it won’t be too late.