Well, I think its apparent that the Bulls are still learning how to play with each other. Fans that watched the “Rose-less” Bulls play last season are aware of the things that they can accomplish. We saw a lot of it in this game:
- Running of the offense through Noah at the top of the key
- Jimmy Butler or Kirk Hinrich handling the ball and bringing it across the timeline
- Boozer playing in the post… With the option to either post up or feed cutters to the basket or a perimeter shooter
The only problem is that with Rose now on the floor, some of these plays that we were used to seeing are not being executed as smoothly. Rose is an aggressive driver, so there will be possessions where he will instinctually look for an advantage… Either an opponent he feels he can beat off the dribble or a numbers advantage. Because his timing is off (he also seems to be adjusting to the speed of the game, specifically the real time action near the rim), a number of these drives are not successful. I think he’s also willing his body to do things its not ready to do yet. He is also looking for his perimeter shot and when he misses, it seems that true to his word, he has amnesia and will continue to look for it. This is good and bad for reasons that are obvious, however, I think its acceptable in these early stages. Rarely have fans (real fans who really take the time to watch these slow, physical, ugly Bulls matchups) been able to say that Rose is not a willing passer. I have noticed that his early passes have been absolute bullets at times and teammates are not ready to handle them. Another adjustment to be made.
The Bulls tried to take control of this game, ending the 1st quarter on an 8-0 run, but then they were outscored in the 2nd and the 4th. The 4th quarter would see the Bulls go 2-15, with Rose making the only two baskets. The Knicks outscored Chicago 20-11. Yeah, it was one of those contests. The offensive lulls are a concern.
Things tightened up in the 4th and the Bulls made just enough plays to win, with Rose making the go ahead floater going to his right on the baseline with 5.7 seconds left.
With 1:27 left in the 4th and the score tied at 80, the Bulls missed a couple of shots, followed by a Rose turnover. Noah then got called for a loose ball foul against Tyson, and he made 1 of 2 FT’s, giving the Knicks a 1 point advantage.
C. Boozer 14 PTS 7 REB 3 ASTS 1 ST in 33 MINS
L. Deng 17 PTS 3 REB 6 ASTS in 40 MINS
Even though Dunleavy started atrociously against the Heat in the opener, he redeemed himself somewhat by hitting 3-9 (2-4 on threes), grabbing 3 rebounds and getting an assist in 23 minutes. Against the Knicks, he seemed to be clearly shaken and only played 15 minutes and went 0-2 on threes. He needs practice time because he just doesn’t seem comfortable.
The Return is OFFICIAL. Derrick Rose hits clutch shot late in 4th qtr, Bulls get 1st win of season. D-Rose finishes w/ 18 Pts (7-23 FG)
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ROSE TO THE OCCASION!
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- Derrick woke up with a sore neck so he was held out of the team’s shootaround and had to be cleared to play. He emerged from the lockerroom with two strips of black elastic therapeutic tape on his neck. He jokingly stated to David Aldridge when asked about its usefulness that it must not be working based on his abysmal shooting in the first half.
- The Bulls were called for delay of game 3 times, resulting in two technical fouls (Melo made 1 of 2).
- David Aldridge was on deck for the sideline interview with Rose as this game was on TNT. This is the second consecutive Bulls game being broadcast nationally.
- The United Center handed out glow sticks that we used during the introductions… Introductions that included the entire team since it was the home opener.
“He’s a very strong-minded person. He doesn’t let anything get to him. At the end of the game, you want the ball in his hands” – Joakim Noah (C Bulls)
“I was right there. He just made a big-time play. I don’t know if he saw the basket to be honest with you.” – Tyson Chandler (C Knicks)
Bulls travel up to Philly to face the 76ers. Game time is 6:30P CST and will be televised on NBATV and for local viewers (since the NBATV broadcast will be blacked out), you can catch the game on WGN.
Bulls will have to work for this one. Philly is brimming with confidence after knocking off the Miami Heat (thanks guys) on the second leg of a back to back. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse had a SENSATIONAL debut, logging 9 steals… He’s also 6’6″ and can bother Rose (along with Evan Turner) in the backcourt. Derrick will have to play at a good pace, pick his spots and effectively manage this contest. Nice test for him.
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