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Bulls Injury Update: Mirotic Unlikely For Game 3, Hinrich 'Optimistic'

Could be worse, right?

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE (4/22) - Mirotic is officially OUT for Thursday's game.

As Chicago awaited yet another agonizing update regarding a knee injury, the news could definitely be worse. Here's Tom Thibodeau's update on Nikola Mirotic:

Obviously the good news is that Mirotic doesn't seem to be lost for the long term. The play on which the injury occurred was a contact injury and that's actually a good thing when it comes to knees. Non-contact knee injuries generally have much greater likelihood of substantial ligament damage. Also, Mirotic does not have a concussion. Another good thing. Then again, Mike Dunleavy was listed as 'day-to-day' earlier in the season and he missed a month.

Basically, there should be zero rush to get Mirotic back on the court versus the Bucks. The plan should be to have him ready by Game 1 in the second round.

Of course, all news is not good news:

Losing Mirotic and gaining Kirk Hinrich? Ugh.