Friday, November 02, 2007

Paging Someone Who Knows About Stuff

Why is Kirk Hinrich's foul rate so high? I know there isn't a secret plot against the Bulls because the evil cabal within the NBA focuses all of its wickedness on Pat Riley. Wait 'til Pat finds out his hip was replaced with an empty Diet Dr. Pepper can and some duct tape.

Skiles is saying Hinrich has to do something about all the whistles, and the increase in the Captain's foul rate since 2004-05 indicates he may not know how to limit foul calls. 3.5, 3.4, and 3.9 PF/40 haven't just hurt Hinrich over the past 3 seasons, it's meant more playing time for Duhon (ugh), and has been a major factor in the free throw disparity that's often involved in Bulls losses.

This is a nuance of the game that I can't offer any insight on, and Hinrich isn't clobbering anyone. What's he doing wrong?


Blogger Big Sweet said...

I think sometimes, he's overaggressive early in the game. There's a time to ratchet up the D (picking up early in the possession, hidden hand checks, fighting through every screen), but two minutes in is probably not that time.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Hot Shit College Student said...

Makes sense. And I was looking for an answer that had less to do with the bigger players Skiles matches him up with, and more to do with his play.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Big Sweet said...

But then again, I don't really know about stuff, and could easily be persuaded.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Julian said...

its really frustrating to watch Hinrich when he does this. Two of those fould were just really bad plays, trying to get cute and steal the pass and running into someone, usually Kidd. Maybe it's bc he needs to guard the bigger SGs so much. Who could we get to play alongside Kirk to keep that from happening? I dunno...

1:27 PM  
Blogger BenGo07 said...

It is kind of incredible, though, how many of the calls he gets are ticky-tack (i.e., the last game when either Jefferson or Vince slipped after getting a long outlet pass and Kirk got whistled). I agree there's no conspiracy, but it does make me wonder if a) he's gotten a certain reputation among the refs or b) the overaggression that Sweets cites brings with it an overaggression on the part of the refs.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I think Hinrich has simply been a victim of overly agressive whistle calling by the refs. Ever since the day Pat Riley complained about Hinrich grabbing the wrists of one of the league's faces in D. Wade, refs have been overly critical of his somewhat aggressive play. There had to be at least two fouls called on him Wed night that were BS. Hopefully they will lay off of him.

3:01 PM  

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