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Kirk Hinrich had such a good view he may as well have been charged admission.
One time Stephen Curry was just ambling over the midcourt line as Hinrich was digging into his defensive stance and ready to get up on Curry. Instead from about 30 feet Curry put up a three that was good!
OK, Kirk got closer. He bumped and he banged Curry, he pushed him toward help and then slipped for just a split second and, boom, up went another three and good!
“Right now, thinking about it,” said Hinrich as he glanced at the box score after the Golden State Warriors’ 102-87 win over the Bulls Thursday behind Curry’s 34 points on 13 of 19 shots, “I don’t think our defense was bad. It wasn’t like we were making a bunch of mistakes out there.
“You can’t give that guy any cushion,” said Hinrich with a rueful smile. “One time I was kind of in no man’s land as he was bringing it up and he nailed it from about 30 feet. He’s got every shot in the book. You know going in he’s going to hit shots. He does it on every team in the league. You’d like to hold him to a worse percentage than 13 of 19. I don’t know what you do. Guard him as tough as you can and let the chips fall where they may.”
And they came up craps and crappy for the Bulls after the Bulls had one of their best starts of the season at 23-8 seven minutes into the game with the Warriors missing injured starters Andrew Bogut and David Lee. The Bulls were without Carlos Boozer, a late scratch as he hurt his calf warming up for the game. Taj Gibson started and matched his career high with 26 points along with 13 rebounds, his seventh double/double of the season, five as a starter.
The Warriors looked like a beaten and disinterested team early as Hinrich had nine first quarter points making four of four shots. D.J. Augustin came in and made three of three in the last four minutes of the quarter. The Bulls looked like they might blow out the Warriors as Gibson spun out two shots with the Bulls ahead 15 and the Warriors coming up empty on six consecutive possessions. But the Bulls couldn’t capitalize. They still led 29-16 after one, though the Warriors were back in. The Bulls got their lead up to 34-18 early in the second quarter.
But some lazy ball handling, which would lead to 17 turnovers the Warriors turned into 23 points, gave the Warriors hope. And then Curry gave them life and simply shot the Bulls out of the game…