Errant marksmanship has become an epidemic among the Bulls. Kirk Hinrich hasn't shot 50 percent from the field in a game since Feb. 23 at Cleveland. In the 11 outings since then, Hinrich's field-goal percentage is .342.
"It is frustrating and everything," said Hinrich, who left Wednesday's game with a left hamstring strain in the third quarter. "I'm just trying to stay confident and stay aggressive and not overthink it. I lost a little bit of an edge. When I'd shoot the ball, I used to know it was going in. I'm kind of second-guessing myself right now."
Fellow guards Ben Gordon and Chris Duhon are also shooting below 40 percent in March. Not coincidentally, the Bulls are 3-6 this month.
"Guys are probably starting to think about it a little too much," Skiles said. "I see us kind of turning down open shots, driving in when we're open and then shooting when we're covered.
"That happens with young guys. It takes a while to really become a confident player in the league. It's getting a little mental. We'll come out of it. But we are having a rough stretch shooting the ball right now.
The Bulls survived the first four months of the season without a significant injury, but now the law of averages appears to be gaining ground.
Center Eddy Curry sat out Wednesday's 100-84 loss to the New Jersey Nets because of a left-hamstring strain suffered the previous night.
The news only got worse as Kirk Hinrich strained his left hamstring late in the third quarter against the Nets, and Chris Duhon will have X-rays on his right index finger today.
"It's been bothering me for a while, about a week or so," Hinrich said of his hamstring. "I tried to stop real fast one time and tweaked it. The next time I really tried to go fast, it really pulled on me."
Hinrich refused to guess how long he might be out. He missed a month of workout time last summer when he pulled his right hamstring, but doesn't think this injury is nearly as bad.
"I'm not going to be out a month, I'll tell you that right now," he said.
Duhon hurt his shooting hand late in the second quarter when he fell hard to the floor after scoring on a driving layup. The rookie point guard did play 12 minutes in the second half and drilled a 3-point basket in the final seconds.
"It felt like it cracked a little bit," he said after the game. "I'll get more X-rays tomorrow."
Curry originally projected himself as probable for Wednesday's game, but changed his outlook when the injury didn't respond overnight.
"It just feels pretty sore and stiff right now," Curry said. "By tomorrow, hopefully, with some more treatment and stretching a lot, it should be ready to go for the next game."
sounds like kirk has been playing through a minor hamstring injury and now it's gotten worse. the bulls have been fingers crossed lucky in terms of the injury bug. hopefully duhon didn't suffer anything worse than a sprain, but the cracking thing cannot be good. and worse thing now is deng rushes back and re-injures the ankle. hopefully curry is ready to go friday.