When Derrick Rose is healthy, he often tests coach Tom Thibodeau's theory that he judges point guards by how they run the team rather than their scoring.
Kirk Hinrich, who met his 7.0 points per game average in Saturday night's 86-73 loss to the lowly Wizards, rarely does.
But whether Hinrich is scoring a season-high 22 points, as he did Monday against the Lakers; bettering that with 25 against the Warriors on Friday; or going scoreless, as Hinrich has three times, Thibodeau has been consistent in his effusive praise.
"He understands the game," Thibodeau said. "His primary responsibility is to run the team, play great defense, make sure everyone understands what our matchups are. Your primary scorers are always going to get shots when he's running the team.
"Defensively, his ball pressure is huge. It's probably the biggest component to our defense. He has been instrumental in getting all the new guys onto the same page as quickly as possible. He plays hard. To me, that's a big talent."
Hinrich entered shooting 38.4 percent and made 3 of 5 shots against the Wizards.
"My shot has felt good all season," Hinrich said.
Hinrich continues to impress coach
Chicago Tribune | Jan 27