Captain Kirk suffered an early-season thumb sprain that caused him to miss time and, ahem, struggle shooting the ball. His struggles — as well as the poor shooting of the now departed John Salmons — really hurt Chicago’s spacing early on, which resulted in some very stanky offense the first couple months.
Well, the thumb must be almost fully healed, because Hinrich’s shooting has been steadily improving over the course of the season. Check out his monthly splits. And in the month of February — a span of 12 games — Kirk is shooting just over 45 percent from the field and almost 43 percent from downtown.
In his last six games, Kirk’s hitting 53 percent of his field goals (33-for-62) and 55 percent of his threes (11-for-20). He’s also dished out 28 assists during that stretch.
Of course, it’s possible the competition has had something to do with Hinrich’s current hot streak. But it seemed worth mentioning anyway.
By the way, Zachariah Blott of Empty the Bench has some interesting insights into Chicago’s two point guard offense.