Hinrich and Butler return to Bulls lineup

Kirk Hinrich has returned to the Chicago Bulls’ starting lineup

against the Nets after missing the last five games with an ailing

back.

Chicago also got Jimmy Butler back Wednesday after he sat out

the win over Cleveland on Friday with a right ankle injury. Butler

joined Hinrich in the starting lineup.

The Bulls were still missing Luol Deng, who has an injured left

Achilles tendon. Deng, averaging 19.6 points, has missed the last

three games.

Brooklyn was still without Andrei Kirilenko, who has been

sidelined this season with a back injury. According to Nets coach

Jason Kidd, the forward is making progress. Brooklyn will be

without Brook Lopez for the rest of the season after he broke his

right foot in Friday’s loss to Philadelphia.