Bulls guard Kris Dunn admits he is going through major shooting slump
The Chicago Bulls have missed a vital offensive output from starting point guard Kris Dunn in recent games, putting up only six points in four of his last five games.
The third-year guard admitted he’s indeed going through a slump in this stretch of the season, as his mid-range game has vanished in recent games.
“Definitely going through it,” Dunn said after the game, according to Mark Strotman of NBC Sports Chicago. “It’s part of the NBA. It’s on me to find a way to get out of it. I feel like I’m getting to my spots and it’s just not knocking down right now.”
Dunn has yet to shoot above 40 percent in his last five games, yet his worst shooting performance of the season came on Saturday’s loss to the Miami Heat, shooting only 3-of-14 from the floor.
The Bulls have lost their last 10 games and are in dire need of Dunn’s offense. In the previous four games prior to his slump, Dunn had started the calendar year shooting 50 percent or better in each game, along with a career-best 17-assist showing in a loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Dunn has struggled to find his spots in a slow-it-down tempo under Jim Boylen, rather than the opportunistic approach he thrived on under former coach Fred Hoiberg, who played at a faster pace.
As a young player, Dunn benefitted from making use of his speed and darting to the rim for easy twos — a scoring method that is now nonexistent under Boylen, who has insisted on playing at the league’s slowest pace with little results to reap from it.
In his last five games, the Providence standout is shooting only 28.6 percent from the floor and 25 percent from deep — averaging only 6.8 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game during this recent slump.