Kirk Hinrich's return didn't prevent the Chicago Bulls from finishing with their lowest point total in five seasons.
Now they are hoping Hinrich can help slow down Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics.
The turnover-prone Rondo turned in a huge effort the first time these teams met last month, and his Celtics will try to end a four-game road slide Tuesday night.
Hinrich returned after missing two games with a bruised left knee in Monday's 80-71 loss at Memphis. He made 2 of 8 shots for four points while finishing with five assists and four turnovers.
"It didn't feel as good as I would like to by any means, but it was good enough to go out there and play," Hinrich said.
Coach Tom Thibodeau defended his decision to allow the ineffective Hinrich to log seven minutes in the fourth quarter. Chicago's previous low point total over the last five seasons was in an 83-72 loss at Miami on April 19.
"You have to read how the group is going," Thibodeau said. "The group that got us back going...