CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- At least Kirk Hinrich's sarcasm isn't injured.
"I guess if I don't have bad luck, I have no luck at all," a frustrated Hinrich said.
Hinrich missed his 14th game Friday night -- and ninth in the last 10 -- but is holding out hope he can return from more right elbow issues Sunday at Oklahoma City. Hinrich split open the scar from surgery to repair a torn bursa sac that had become infected Tuesday night in New Orleans.
"I just don't have the range of motion I need," Hinrich said.
The Bulls are 5-9 when Hinrich sits. It means Nate Robinson starts and Marquis Teague plays. For the second straight game Friday night, Robinson endured foul trouble in the 105-75 victory over the Bobcats. Teague finished with four points, four assists and no turnovers in a season-high 23 minutes, 35 seconds.
"Marquis played very well," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He was ready to go."
Teague had four turnovers Thursday against the Heat.
"He has to do better with his defense and running the team," Thibodeau said. "Typical rookie; there's good, bad. We want him to concentrate on his improvement."
Bulls to Bobcats: Here's how far things have fallen for Tyrus Thomas: Josh McRoberts, acquired Thursday from the Magic, arrived here Friday. Despite not participating in the Bobcats' morning shootaround, McRoberts passed his physical and got activated while Thomas landed on the inactive list for the fifth straight game.
Thomas is averaging 4.8 points in 15.5 minutes per game.
As for Ben Gordon, he drew headlines recently for an alleged incident of insubordination with coach Mike Dunlap. Some have disputed that story, and former Bulls teammates spoke highly of Gordon's professionalism.
Nevertheless, in the first game since Thursday's trade deadline passed with the Bobcats unsuccessfully dealing him, Gordon sat by coach's decision.
"I'm doing fine," said Gordon, who declined to discuss the incident.
He's averaging 12.4 points in 21.6 minutes.
More Bulls to Bobcats: Owner Michael Jordan was in attendance, which led to Thibodeau fielding a question on whether Jordan could play in the NBA at age 50.
"You're talking about maybe the greatest of all-time," Thibodeau said. "He's done with that phase. His record speaks for itself. I don't know at 50 if he could live up to the standard he established throughout his entire career. But I'm sure if you talked about could he do it for one game, probably."
Jordan sat next to the Bobcats bench in the first half before retreating to a suite.
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