Bulls guard Ben Gordon will have an MRI today on his strained left hamstring, which he injured in the first half of Chicago’s 121-118 double-overtime victory over the Celtics Sunday, according to a report on ESPN.com.
Gordon, who felt a twinge in the hamstring during a drive to the basket in the second quarter, did not appear hindered at all during the remainder of the game. He played 49 minutes, tied with Derrick Rose for the most on the Bulls, and scored 22 points, including a tying 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds remaining in the first overtime.
“I was driving and I heard something pop,” said Gordon, who said he will play in Game 5. “It’s sore. Hopefully it’s not too serious. I’m going to do what I need to do.”
Gordon, a UConn product, has been one of the Bulls’ standouts as they have battled the defending champions to a 2-2 draw so far. He is averaged 24.8 points per game in the series, including 42 in Game 2.
According to this morning’s Chicago Tribune, Gordon rode a stationary bicycle during breaks in the action in the second half, and had his leg connected to an electrical stimulation device as he left the United Center in Chicago last night.
“It’s really sore,” Gordon said. “I’ll continue to treat it throughout the day and all the way up until next game. I got a shot to relieve the pain. But a game like that, you have to play through it.”