One of the Chicago Bulls‘ biggest weaknesses last season was their lack of depth. The point guard position was especially thin as Derrick Rose missed the entire season, Kirk Hinrich battled through injuries and the consistently inconsistent Nate Robinson was forced into a starters role more often than not. Chicago’s depth has improved with Rose’s return, but it’s still something that Bulls’ fans should worry about.
A tight hamstring forced Rose out of Friday night’s game with the Toronto Raptors, which opened the door for Hinrich to play a majority of the game. In fact, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau drove Hinrich into the ground as the back-up point guard started and played a whooping 40 minutes. Chicago won the game 96-80, but the biggest victory out of this contest was the fact that No. 12 stayed healthy!
A 10-year veteran, Hinrich has suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way — Hinrich hasn’t played more than 60 games in a season since 2010-11. Therefore, Thibodeau really needs to be weary when it comes to his back-up point guard. As frustrating as Marquis Teague can be; the Bulls’ playoff hopes are all but shattered if Hinrich suffers another major injury, which means Teague should be playing a bigger role when Rose is inactive. With that being said, keep an eye on Thibodeau to see if he lays off of his back-up point guard or if a 32-year-old Hinrich has a few more 40-minute games ahead of him.