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Bulls could be without 4 starters against Pacers

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah encourages his team from the bench in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in New York. Noah was a late scratch from the game as the Nets defeated the Bulls 93-89. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Chicago Bulls could be without four starters Monday night at Indiana

Guard Kirk Hinrich did not travel with the team after having a procedure to clean out an infection in his right elbow Saturday.

Before Monday's shootaround, forward Joakim Noah told reporters he did not expect to play because of planter fasciitis in his right foot. He's hoping a couple more days rest will get him close to 100 percent.

Forward Carlos Boozer is trying to come back from an injured right hamstring. Coach Tom Thiboudeau says he believes Boozer was close to returning and could play in Monday's showdown between the top two teams in the Central Division.

The fourth starter, guard Derrick Rose, has not played this season as he continues to recover from a torn ACL.


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