Noah, Hinrich put setbacks aside and play

SAN ANTONIO -- Joakim Noah (flu) and Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) were game-time decisions for Wednesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

But Noah started despite still not feeling well, and Hinrich entered the game with a minute to play in the first quarter.

Noah had left the United Center on Monday before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and still doesn't sound like he has turned the corner.

"Fifty-fifty [for tonight]," Noah said before Wednesday's tilt. "So we'll see. I'm just going to do everything I can to get back onto the court, feel good and get back onto the court as soon as possible."

Hinrich had been out for more than a week because of his hamstring problems but sounded optimistic about his chances to play.

"I'm doing better," Hinrich said before Wednesday's shootaround. "I'm going to participate in shootaround and see how it goes. If all goes well, I'll hopefully be able to give us some minutes tonight."

The veteran point guard initially injured his hamstring in a Jan. 20 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

"This morning will probably be the most running and cutting I've done," he said. "This shootaround this morning will be a big test."