After being sidelined for 27 games with left wrist and knee injuries, Michael Carter-Williams' scoring skills took the slow road back.
Carter-Williams missed his first 11 shots over two games before finally hitting a driving lay-in with 1:22 left that tied the score at 97-97 in Wednesday's victory over Brooklyn.
After Thursday's Chicago Bulls practice, Carter-Williams was asked if had any second thoughts on his way to the hoop about shooting the ball.
"I saw a couple guys on Jimmy (Butler), so I knew that if I was able to get to the lane, I'd be able to make a play," said Carter-Williams, who is wearing a brace on his left wrist. "And then I didn't see anyone, so I tried to do my best to finish at the rim."
Carter-Williams was the NBA's rookie of the year in 2013-14 while playing for Philadelphia, but outside shooting always has been a concern. His career 3-point percentage is .254.
"Clearly I'm still trying to get in a rhythm, so trying to score is a big thing," he said. "If it's a close game down the stretch, I might think about trying to make a play for somebody else until I get my rhythm back.
"I had a couple good looks. They didn't fall, but I'm still going to be aggressive and take what the defense gives me."
Carter-Williams has played a decent amount because coach Fred Hoiberg feels he's the Bulls' second-best perimeter defender after Butler and is good at driving into the lane and making plays for teammates.
The Bulls already have one point guard in Rajon Rondo whom defenders tend to give plenty of space, daring him to shoot from the outside. Carter-Williams still believes the Bulls can make it work.
"Rondo and I just need to be confident and step in there and knock them down," he said. "We both practice enough, which is a big thing, and coach encourages us to shoot the ball. So, like I say, when we get in a rhythm, I think we'll be all right."
Bulls release Hunter:
The Bulls released guard R.J. Hunter on Thursday. This is typically the time of year when teams release low-salaried players before contracts become guaranteed for the rest of the season. Teams can start signing players to 10-day contracts on Jan. 5.
Hunter was a first-round pick, No. 28 overall, of Boston in 2015 and signed with the Bulls after being released by the Celtics late in training camp. He appeared in just three games for the Bulls and did not score. He played in five games for the Windy City Bulls.
Dwyane Wade was back on the practice floor Thursday after missing the end of Wednesday's win over Brooklyn with a migraine. … Coach Fred Hoiberg said Jimmy Butler's right ankle was fine. Butler left the game briefly in the fourth quarter Wednesday after landing on an opponent's foot. …
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