Shaquille Harrison didn’t need to record a steal in his 11th straight game, as he did Wednesday night against the Wizards, to continue displaying his defensive prowess. After all, he recorded 20 of them in the previous 10 games and at one point led the NBA in steals per 36 minutes.
It’s his offense that the coaching staff has been working with him on, following one simple credo: Look at the rim. And he had the rim clearly in his sights when he made a nasty dunk over the Wizards’ Thomas Bryant on Wednesday night..
Harrison, who has perhaps taken greater advantage of his extended opportunity than any other Bull, entered the Wizards game shooting just 42.6 percent. That included a meager 24.7 percent from 3-point range.
Harrison has demonstrated an ability to penetrate consistently. But with teams playing him as a driver and not a scorer, defenses have sagged off and played his kick-out pass.
“The coaches have been telling me to take what they give me,” Harrison said. “And slow down. When I’m going at a good pace and not 100 mph, I think things go well for me. But when I get sped up a little bit or get a little frenzied, things get out of hand. I feel from when I first got here to now, cheap nba jerseys from china
I’m miles ahead of where I was (offensively).”
Back setback: The sliver of hope Kris Dunn created Monday in New York about seeing value in playing even if for one game closed with news that Dunn’s sore back didn’t respond to his workout. Dunn didn’t even participate in the morning shootaround.
And while the team has not officially declared Dunn done for the season, that’s an extremely safe assumption.
“I would say it looks that way,” coach Jim Boylen said. “He just didn’t feel right while he was doing the workout. He didn’t feel like the workout got him loose or helped him.”
Dunn fielded a question about his offseason plans.
“You gotta take time to let the body heal and just get some rest,” he said. “And then once I get itching to pick up the basketball, I’ll do that.’’
Executive order: Otto Porter Jr. wouldn’t comment when asked for thoughts on the Wizards’ decision to fire Ernie Grunfeld, the franchise’s longtime top executive. Grunfeld, hired two months after the Bulls hired John Paxson in 2003, was one of the league’s longest-tenured executives along with Paxson, the Heat’s Pat Riley, the Mavericks’ Donnie Nelson, the Spurs’ R.C. Buford and the Celtics’ Danny Ainge.
Under Grunfeld, the Wizards amassed a 568-724 mark and qualified for eight playoffs with four first- and four second-round exits. The Bulls are 661-631 with 11 playoff appearances, one Eastern Conference finals appearance and seven first-round exits under Paxson.
Staff stuff: After originally committing to join Fred Hoiberg’s staff at Nebraska, Windy City Bulls coach Charlie Henry is now contemplating taking another college job or remaining with the G League, a source said.