Reports: Gordon in Bulls lineup

Updated: April 28, 2009, 7:38 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Despite saying that his sore hamstring was not improving and that he would need "a miracle" to play on Tuesday, Ben Gordon was in the Bulls' starting lineup, according to ESPN 1000 Radio in Chicago.

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"Going to give it a try," coach Vinny Del Negro said, according to The Boston Globe. "Hopefully he can fight through it."

The newspaper reported that Gordon took part in pregame warm-ups and did not appear limited as the Bulls prepared for Game 5 against the Celtics in Boston. The underdog Bulls are tied with the Celts 2-2.

Earlier on Tuesday, Gordon said he was a game-time decision.

"Not good," Gordon said when asked how the injury felt, according to the Chicago Tribune. "It didn't get worse, but it doesn't feel any better."

Gordon, whose 3-pointer forced a second overtime in the Bulls' 121-118 win over the Celtics on Sunday, didn't take part in Tuesday's shootaround at Emerson College. He's been treating the injury, a Grade 2 strain, with ice and electrical stimulation.

"It's my call, but I have to go off how it feels," Gordon said, according to the Tribune. "It doesn't feel good. Hopefully I can play. If not, we have Game 6 at home [Thursday]."

Kirk Hinrich was scheduled to start Tuesday night if Gordon couldn't go, Del Negro had said, according to the report.

Gordon, who is is averaging 24.8 points per game during the playoffs, suffered the injury during the second quarter of Sunday's game. He played nearly 33 minutes following the injury and took a painkilling shot at halftime.

"Maybe some of the pain and swelling wasn't there then," Gordon said, according to the report. "The swelling got a lot worse. I'm hoping for a miracle."

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