Bulls vs. Cavs game notes: Bulls D once again tops, Kirk Hinrich changing his shot, and more

"Look, I see another factory!" - David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Last night's game was kind of blah. But only kind of, considering the lack of talent all over the floor. So no real 'what we learned' game notes, but instead a couple bullets!

  • Here's another recap of the game from No Bulljive, worth a click just for the Thibs photo+caption, plus the classic Joakim vs. Cleveland clip at the bottom.
  • As pointed out by John Schuhman this morning, after last night the Bulls are back to #1 in defensive efficiency. Then again Basketball-Reference has them 3rd-best ::shrug::. Either way, a testament to Thibs-ball.
  • If you read Sam Smith's post-game tomes (and even though they're batty as hell, you probably should), there's usually a nugget in there about Kirk Hinrich being good when in fact we all know he's the fucking worst. Kirk did have a good shooting night last night though, and his back-to-back 3rd quarter jumpers were indeed quite big. Sam's seeing something more though:
    he seemed to have changed his shot some by getting his elbow in and with more extension

    so...watch for that. I have no doubt Kirk will eventually get up near 40% as the season rolls along and the Bulls need him less. Or he'll get hurt.
  • As Bulls Confidential points out this morning, the schedule is about to (finally?) get rough. After the road game in Detroit (which also isn't a gimme), it's: Knicks, Clippers, @76ers, Nets, @Grizzlies, Celtics, @Knicks, @Hawks, Rockets, @Pacers

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