The offensively challenged Chicago Bulls are trying to upset the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the NBA playoffs, but to do so the Bulls will need Kirk Hinrich to be more aggressive and look for his shot more.
Hinrich hasn’t been much of a scorer this season and only averaged 7.7 points in the 60 games he played in while shooting a career-low .377 from the field, the first time he has shot worse than .400 since his second season in the league. The Bulls are without 20-point per game scorer Derrick Rose for the entire season, and without Rose Chicago needs all the scoring they can get from their back court.
The Bulls were able to win game two Monday night thanks to their always solid defense and 13 points from Hinrich, but they can’t count on holding Deron Williams to 1-9 shooting again. Chicago will need to average between 90-95 points to have a legit chance of pulling of the series win.
Nate Robinson has given the Bulls some nice scoring in bunches off the bench, but that won’t be enough. Chicago needs Hinrich, Marco Belinelli and Rip Hamilton all scoring in double figures to give Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah some help from the perimeter. Hinrich has averaged as much as 17 points per game in the NBA, so he is fully capable of scoring, even at 32.
The Bulls don’t have much of a chance of winning their first round series against the Nets, but their chances increased when they stole game two in Brooklyn. But if Chicago can get more consistent scoring from Hinrich, they just may be able to pull of the near impossible and win a playoff series without Derrick Rose.