Heading into Monday's action, the Bulls had been outscored from the 3-point line in nine consecutive games. Coach Fred Hoiberg talked about the team's lack of long-range shooting before facing Detroit.
"In today's era, you look at all the analytics, the 3-point shot is obviously a very important component to this game," he said. "You look at Houston took 52 in their game last week (actually 61 against New Orleans) and they've had several games in the last couple weeks when they made over 20. All that stuff helps when you're struggling to score."
Over the last 11 games, the Bulls have shot a pitiful 23 percent from 3-point range, averaging 4 makes per game. The second-worst team during that span is Memphis, which is shooting 30.2 percent with 7.3 made 3-pointers per contest.
"Early in the year, we were hitting threes in games and making teams guard us," Hoiberg said. "The last few games, teams have really packed in the paint and almost daring us to shoot. You've got to take them when you're open, you've got to rise up with confidence. Again, you've got to knock them down and make them come out and guard you and hopefully open up some driving lanes for our playmakers."
McDermott looks for more shots:
The guy who should be the Bulls' best 3-point shooter is Doug McDermott. In five games since returning from a concussion, he's made just 3 of 12 attempts.
"We have missed him at times, but he'll get it back," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "Right now he's rushing a little bit too much. He's in too much of a hurry, almost predetermining his move at times. We ran a couple plays where the timing was off a little bit. We'll continue to try to get him looks. We have to have him out there knocking down shots, so obviously that's important."
McDermott addressed his errant 3-point shooting after Sunday's practice.
"(It's) not extra pressure. I think in general I've got to shoot more threes, quit turning them down," he said. "I need to shoot threes and trust myself and they'll fall. I think (Rajon) Rondo's been doing a great job of finding me. We put in some stuff today that really got the ball moving, and I think there will be more opportunities for me and guys like Niko (Mirotic) and Isaiah (Canaan) and our other three-point shooters to get looks. They're going to start falling."
Hoiberg takes losses hard:
With the Bulls stuck in a slump, going 3-7 over the last 10 games, coach Fred Hoiberg was asked if he takes losses harder as a coach or when he was a player. The answer was coach.
"You take it very hard when you're not playing well and you search to try to find a way to get it right," he said. "You go back and watch earlier in the year when we were doing things the way we wanted. We were out there playing successful and playing together and having fun.
"That's a big part of this thing. You look out now at our body language and guys are just dragging. Find a way to fight through the adversity, stick together through good times, bad times and anything in between."