Amid all the talk of Derrick Rose trying to work his way back to health and into the Chicago Bulls lineup, there’s still the factor of the Bulls having enough talent to make plenty of noise in the NBA Eastern Conference.
That includes the likes of Kirk Hinrich, who had an impressive performance in Tuesday’s 96-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets with 10 assists.
Hinrich continues to play a steady floor game for the Bulls. In a little more than 30 minutes of action, he was 2-of-7 from the floor, and 1-of-2 in threes. He also had three steals, and his floor game really got the Bulls, 31-22, motivated for the win.
It was vintage Hinrich. He’s averaging 7.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.
But there is one legitimate concern that the Bulls have of the 33-year old Hinrich. His career points average of 12.2 per game is down by five points. His assists and steals are about the same. His field percentage, which is 41.5 for his career, is down to 37.8. His minutes per game are also down from 32.7 in his career to 28.4 this season.
So Hinrich is showing some signs of being off from a year ago. But, as his performance against the Hornets suggests he’s still capable of being an excellent leader.
That’s what the Bulls need and will continue to need going forward as they wait patiently for Rose to progress back into the starting lineup. It’s anyone’s guess as to when or if that will happen.