By now, Bulls fans have seen the effect Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson have when they are in the game. Hinrich has started every game but one, while Robinson has been on the floor in the closing minutes of several games.
Hinrich is a better defender and offensive facilitator. Robinson is a better scorer and shooter. They both fill a need, but they never play at the same time.
It's time for coach Thibodeau to play small-ball.
A lineup of Robinson at point guard, Hinrich at shooting guard, plus Richard Hamilton, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah works.
Ball movement becomes the focus on the offensive end. The Bulls can stretch opposing defenses with four perimeter shooters. They would have the option to run their offensive sets through either player.
Against smaller teams, the Bulls can use the length of Deng and Hamilton to harass players. Their long arms would disallow a lot of penetration to the basket. Instead of playing man-to-man defense, coach Thibodeau can use a 3-2 zone, making the low post area a playground for Noah to block shots.