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Kirk Hinrich gets Heated

Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich passes the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The Bulls defeated the Heat 107-87.(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich passes the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The Bulls defeated the Heat 107-87.(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Kirk Hinrich’s been called many things during his 11-year NBA career.

Point guard. Shooting guard. Rookie. Veteran. Bull. Hawk. Wizard. Bull, again. Defender. Marksman. Glue Guy. Floor General. Troublemaker.

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Oh, don’t give us that look, Kirk.

Hinrich may not be a brawler, but lest we forget, the Chicago Bulls’ goggles-wearing guard can be an irritant. And that mean streak tends to come out against the Miami Heat.

Take it away, 2007 Pat Riley:

"Just like the Chicago Bulls whine about Dwyane (Wade) always getting too many free throws, a great defender like Kirk Hinrich gets away with everything," he said. "And that's why he's a great defender. He's that way all the time. He's into you. He never stops. He's relentless.

"You develop a reputation as a technique defender, a physical defender. He has earned the right to probably get away with a lot of things.

Whatever the reason, Captain Kirk happens to find himself in quite a few “dust-ups,” like Thursday’s tiff with Miami’s Norris Cole.

The refs gave Kirk a technical for the exchange, and Kirk gave the world a GIFable reaction.

We give you a walk down memory lane:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXkL9cr7SH4


King Arthur’s Court

Denver Nuggets' Darrell Arthur (00) shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Denver Nuggets' Darrell Arthur (00) shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Denver’s Darrell Arthur has been living in the mid-range area (10 to 24 feet) this season.

Sure, Arthur’s had a reputation for the mid-range shot since his days at Kansas. And since he’s been in the league, with Memphis, the majority of his shots have come from that distance.

So what makes this season different, other than trading his Grizzlies gear for a Nuggets jersey? It’s not his minutes played (17.7 per game; 18.2 career average) and it’s not his number of shot attempts (5.7 per game; 6.3 career average).

The big difference is that, in the 18 games of 2013-14, Arthur’s taken more than three-fourths of his total shots from mid-range. That’s a HUGE leap.

Take a look: (mid-range shot attempts/total shots attempted)

2013-14 shot distribution of Denver Nuggets' Darrell Arthur, as of Dec. 5, 2013.

2013-14 shot distribution of Denver Nuggets' Darrell Arthur, as of Dec. 5, 2013.

13-14: 76% (78/103)
12-13: 54% (194/359)
11-12: injured
10-11: 50% (313/624)
09-10: 36% (52/146)
08-09: 42% (184/436)

None of those numbers would mean much if he weren’t making the shots. But he is.

Let's bring in a new set of stats. This time, field goal percentage for mid-range shots (makes/attempts in parentheses).

2013-14 shot chart of Denver Nuggets' Darrell Arthur, as of Dec. 5, 2013.

2013-14 shot chart of Denver Nuggets' Darrell Arthur, as of Dec. 5, 2013.

13-14: 51% (40/78)
12-13: 45.4% (88/194)
11-12: injured
10-11: 41.2% (129/313)
09-10: 38.5% (20/52)
08-09: 38.0% (70/184)

Put those numbers together, and Arthur’s scored 73.4 percent of his points from mid-range, way up from 48.6% last season, 35.4% before that, and 28.0% before that (He had 33.2 percent of his points from mid-range his rookie year).

Now that we’ve established Arthur’s mid-range mastery, the only questions are:

  • Can he keep it up?

and

  • Should he?

DenverStiffs.com asked the second question, and if you’re at all interested in the nitty-gritty mid-range vs. three-pointer debate, check out their thread.

(Big thanks to NBA.com/stats and Chrome’s address bar/calculator for the numbers)


Not rushing back

Utah Jazz guard/forward Brandon Rush

Utah Jazz guard/forward Brandon Rush

On Wednesday, Utah’s Brandon Rush scored his first NBA basket in 399 days.

It was his only shot of the game and brings his total to four points in three games this season. Nevertheless, an important milestone for Rush as he works his way back from his second ACL tear in five years.

Rush recently spoke to the Deseret News about where he’s at, mentally and physically:

“What I want to get done first,” Rush said, “is being able to wake up and not think about the game situation, not being nervous and stuff like that.”

“The first time I did it when I was in college, it took me 5 1/2 months to get back. I wasn’t out of the game that long,” Rush explained. “This time, I had that route where I couldn’t have surgery for two months. It took a toll on the muscles in my quad.

“This has just been complicated,” he added. “I have been out a whole complete year. That takes anybody’s confidence away.”


Starting to look bad

Brooklyn Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) drives past New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Brooklyn Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) drives past New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Tyshawn Taylor tallied a career-high 16 points and 12 assists off the bench for the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 29. In the week since, Taylor started all three games (filling in for Deron Williams and his injured ankle) but averaged just 7.3 points, 31 percent shooting, 1.3 assists and 2.3 turnovers in 27 minutes a game.

It hasn’t been pretty.

In Taylor’s defense, it’s not an enviable spot to be in — big media market, big payroll, big expectations but a lowly 5-14 record. Add to the mix a second-year player with limited in-game experience, and …


At least he’s trying.



Speaking of point guards ...

Los Angeles Lakers forward Xavier Henry dribble the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Xavier Henry dribble the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Los Angeles Lakers have turned to Xavier Henry for help at point guard, according to practice reports from this week. With Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar injured and Steve Blake starting, Henry will be pressed into service as the backup point guard (or backup-backup-backup?). Henry briefly played the position Sunday during his 27-point explosion against Portland.


Quotables

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore flashes three fingers after scoring a three-point shot during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore flashes three fingers after scoring a three-point shot during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

On Ben McLemore, via the Sacramento Bee:

“When you have talent like he has, and a work ethic like he does, you are going to succeed,” said Kings adviser and Hall of Famer Chris Mullin. “I love the way he runs the floor. He’s fluid. He’s got beautiful form (on his jumper). He’s got to become more consistent, but if we start finding him out on the break more, he’ll get layups and free throws, and not have to rely on the 3-point shot. The quality of the shots will get better.”

Nick Collison, on trying to win more jump balls, via DailyThunder.com:

“It’s not a huge deal,” Collison said, “but you know what it is, it’s good to be at a place as a team where you’re worried about that stuff.”


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Comments

Titus Canby 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Hinrich is a stud. Glad he's back with the Bulls.

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Len Shaffer 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Still my all-time favorite Jayhawk.

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Eric TheCapn 8 months, 4 weeks ago

lol. I'd like to pretend my typo was intentional, but it wasn't, so I'll blame my phone.

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Nathan Scholl 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Love this NBA Hawks feature on this website!

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Colby Hebert 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Cannot believe we did not win a title with Hinrich!

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