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Kirk Hinrich struggles in return to Chicago Bulls' lineup

Kirk Hinrich and the Chicago Bulls fell to the Memphis Grizzlies in an embarrassing fashion on Monday.

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Point guard Kirk Hinrich was just 2-for-8 from the field in his return to the Chicago Bulls' lineup, after missing a week with a left knee injury. But on Monday, it wasn't just Hinrich who struggled. The Bulls scored just 71 points against the Memphis Grizzlies, which is their lowest output in nearly five years. Chicago shot just 37.3 percent from the field.

The oft-injured Hinrich is part of an interesting dilemma for Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Hinrich has already dealt with five separate injuries this season. When he has played, the guard has struggled with poor shooting and frequent turnovers. On the season, Hinrich is shooting just 35.4 percent, which is significantly lower than his career mark of 41.6.

If the slump continues, Thibodeau could bench Hinrich in favor of Nate Robinson or rookie Marquis Teague, Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com suspects. But for now, Bulls players and coaches are supporting Hinrich, and hoping that he will find his groove soon.