There are many different aspects to winning games in the NBA. But as far as Kirk Hinrich is concerned, the Bulls have been deficient in the two most crucial areas over the most recent two-game skid in which they have lost to the Hawks and Rockets by a combined 40 points.
"Just the basics," Hinrich said. "We hang our hat on our defense and rebounding. It hasn't been what it needs to be that last couple games and I think that's where you're seeing the losses coming from.
"We just have to bounce back. We have a bad taste in our mouth right now. We had a good practice today and hopefully we get it out of our mouth tomorrow."
For coach Tom Thibodeau, it boils down to effort.
"When you start taking shortcuts and you're not doing the right things, you usually get what you deserve in this league. I don't think we were playing hard enough and we have to correct that."