Bulls’ Hinrich, Deng to miss game against Thunder

Chicago Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich and forward Luol Deng

will miss Thursday night’s game at Oklahoma City.

Hinrich will miss his fourth consecutive game due to tightness

in his back. D.J. Augustin, signed on Friday, made his first start

in Hinrich’s place in Wednesday night’s loss at Houston, finishing

with eight points and nine assists.

Deng is out with a sore Achilles. He had 18 points against the

Rockets and is averaging a team-best 19.6 points.

Coach Tom Thibodeau says he doesn’t expect either player to be

out for an extended period.