Hinrich, third on the team with 12.7 points per game, sustained a concussion and a bruised jaw three minutes into Chicago’s 102-94 loss to Dallas on Monday after taking an elbow to the face from the Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki. Although a CT scan came back normal, Hinrich did have some memory problems and isn’t expected to play Wednesday.
Ben Gordon scored 26 points to lead the Bulls, who have lost three of four after winning a season-best four in a row.
Chicago has allowed 100 points or more seven times this season and have won only two of those games.
“We’re just not guarding anybody,” guard Chris Duhon said. “If we keep allowing teams to shoot a high percentage and score 100 points, we’re going to lose a lot of games.”
Another area of concern for the Bulls is center Tyson Chandler, who had two points and seven rebounds Monday. He has been bothered lately by a respiratory problem that he has said is causing fatigue. Chandler is taking medication and is scheduled to have his lung re-examined Thursday.
Without Hinrich, Gordon will be asked to carry even more of the offensive load. He leads the team with 15.5 points per game, scoring 21.8 in his past four contests. He has never scored more than 18 points in four career games against Orlando.
The Bulls have won three straight in Orlando and seven of the last eight meetings overall.
The Magic couldn’t contain Tim Duncan and lost their fourth straight, 110-85 to San Antonio on Monday.
Duncan, who had 26 points and 12 rebounds, had high praise for Orlando’s Dwight Howard, who earned his 13th double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Howard is averaging 14.4 points and 13.1 rebounds per game.
“I’m very old,” said Duncan. “I was looking at it before the game and I’m something like 9 1/2 years older than (Howard). That’s crazy. … He doesn’t look like a 19-year-old. He’s got so much promise. I’m just glad I’ll be out of the league when he’s peaking.”
Magic leading scorer Steve Francis has missed three straight games due to a bruised chest, but is expected to return Wednesday.
Jameer Nelson has started in Francis’ absence and led the Magic with 20 points in each of the last two games.
STANDINGS (through Dec. 6): Bulls - 5th place, 5 1/2 GB, Central Division. Magic - 3rd place, 2 1/2 GB, Southeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Bulls - Gordon, 15.5 ppg; Chandler, 9.4 rpg; Hinrich, 6.6 apg. Magic - Francis, 17.8 ppg and 6.2 apg; Howard, 13.1 rpg.
SEASON SERIES: Bulls, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Nov. 29; Bulls, 85-76. At Chicago, Hinrich had 20 points and 14 assists and Luol Deng added 21 points to give the Bulls their fourth straight win.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bulls - 4-5 on the road; Magic - 4-5 at home.