CHICAGO — During the four-day All-Star break, Kirk Hinrich worked out at the Berto Center once.
His 3-point shot appreciated the rest.
Before the break, Hinrich expressed strong disappointment in his shooting, particularly his 28.8 percent from 3-point range. In the four post-All-Star-games before Wednesday, Hinrich had made 7 of 12 from beyond the arc to push his percentage to 31.5.
That's still well below his career mark of 37.6 but is on an upward trend. Hinrich was 0-for-2 on 3-pointers Wednesday night in the 103-83 victory over the Warriors, but concentrated mostly on limiting Stephen Curry to five points.
"I still feel confident," Hinrich said. "I have a good feel for where my shots are coming from. Some nights the 3-pointers present themselves more often than others. I always try to take the right shots."
Hinrich quietly has started to log 30-minutes-plus, doing so in both games on this week's two-game trip. For a while, he had stayed in the 20- to 30-minute range as he came back from a hamstring injury, but his defense is too valuable.
"I want to try to finish strong," Hinrich said. "I always get excited for this time of year."
Decision day: The 76ers finalized a buyout with Danny Granger, recently acquired from the Pacers, and the Bulls are one of five teams he is considering signing with, sources said. Multiple national outlets placed the Clippers and Spurs as front-runners to land the former All-Star.
The Bulls are poised to add a 13th player shortly while definitively avoiding the luxury tax. Jarvis Varnado's 10-day contract expires after Thursday. Coach Tom Thibodeau believes late-season additions can help.
"You're looking at more veterans who have been around and have been through different systems," he said. "Some of those guys pick things up pretty quickly."
Familiar face: With four separate injuries, Jimmy Butler, who returned from missing two games with a sore rib, has had a disjointed season. But Butler continued the offensive rhythm he displayed before this latest setback with 16 points.
"It was good to see he picked up right where he left off," Thibodeau said. "I thought he had very good rhythm."
Layups: While emphatically reiterating Derrick Rose is out for the season, Thibodeau said the injured star has begun doing some running on his own. Previously, Rose had run on a zero-gravity treadmill, which he still is using as well. "He's moving along but nowhere close to practicing," Thibodeau said. "But he's doing great." ... Wednesday marked the fifth anniversary of the day franchise titans Johnny "Red" Kerr and Norm Van Lier died.