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Derrick Rose makes a statement against Spurs

Posted on: February 17, 2011 11:29 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 11:30 pm
Derrick Rose takes over to beat Spurs with 42 points and 8 assists. What is it that makes him not only so good, but different from the other elite point guards?
Posted by Matt Moore

When Derrick Rose said that this game was a "statement" game, he apparently had more than one thing he wanted to make a statement about. 

"The Bulls are good enough to beat the Spurs." Check. 

"The Bulls are a legit Eastern Conference contender." Check.

"The Bulls will rise to the challenge when facing the great teams." Check.

"Derrick Rose is an MVP candidate." Check.

The Chicago Bulls have improved in a lot of ways this season, particularly defensively. They're a more complete team, have better perimeter scoring, better interior defense, a legit post presence in Carlos Boozer, and a better knowledge of how to execute in key situations. But Thursday night the biggest reason for their improvement was clear: Rose. Rose dropped 18-28 from the field, lobbed 8 assists, grabbed 5 rebounds and had but one turnover against the Spurs, a virtuoso performance which encapsulated his best attributes. 

There are so many great point guards in this league and everyone has their own favorite. Recently Royce Young argued that Chris Paul was still rule of the roost, but that Rose was on his way. However, tonight's performance served as an excellent example of what makes Rose so transcendent. He's blessed with a point guard's skills and a small forward's ability. His scoring ability is elite, there's no question of that now. Typcially this season, Rose's three-point shot has been on and his mid-range jumper has struggled. Against the Spurs it was the opposite, as he went 0-4 from the perimeter but nailed all but two of 13 jumpers inside the arc. That range forces the defense to step up, at which point, said defense is ruined, along with said defense's mother, face, and hope for the future. Rose showcased a floater that is as good as any player in the league, often off jump-stops or pump fakes, creating and-one opportunities. 

Rose's eight assists, though, don't come like Rajon Rondo's twisting, turning exploitations, or Chris Paul's seamless extensions of the offense like it was a part of him. Instead, Rose continually finds assists where there are seemingly none to be found. He is often credited with things described as "winning plays" and "big-time plays." In reality, this is a reflection of his ability to convert on low-percentage situations.  Against the Spurs, Rose swung passes over triple-teams from defenders trying to stop the gushing wound caused by Rose's dribble penetration. The result are wide open threes. Whereas Rondo and even Paul to an extent, create scoring opportunities with the threat of their passing ability, Rose creates passing abilities through the onslaught of his offensive repertoire. Essentially, he gouges you until you try and protect the wound, then he hurts you where you're revealed yourself. 

For the Spurs, it's a downer going into the All-Star break, especially because of the defensive implications. For a while Gregg Popovich has been harping on the defense, and in a situation against an amped opponent who was willing to work even on the last game before the vacation, they found those problems amplified. The Spurs are a fantastic team with just ten losses. But if they don't improve their defensive ability, it will all be for naught. 

And for Chicago? Luol Deng played great. Carlos Boozer was solid when he wasn't getting blocked by Tim Duncan, and the Bulls' wings did a nice job on Manu Ginobili. But the statement in reality is fairly simple. 

Derrick Rose hasn't just arrived. He's taking the next step, and that's what should leave the rest of the league petrified. 

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2011 9:52 am

Derrick Rose makes a statement against Spurs

Hope this "hot streak" ends someday.  Otherwise Derrick Rose could be the "luckiest" person EVER...

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 7:37 pm

Derrick Rose makes a statement against Spurs

I was very skeptical of Rose coming out of college.  I thought he was going to be a turnover machine because he leaves his feet to pass so much.  Somehow that is working for him.  I noticed that he improved from college to his first year in the NBA so he put in work over the summer. Make no mistake about it, this kid is the real deal.  He has a serious work ethic and wants to get better.  He will be the best point guard by next year if not already.  Right now he is the MVP so far this season.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:35 pm

Derrick Rose makes a statement against Spurs

I wasn't believing in Rose at Memphis, I definitely would not've picked him as an MVP candidate at the start of the season. But as of now-he deserves to win it. Lebron is playing well, but I don't think anyone on the Heat should receive an MVP with all three stars there. As someone else said-Rose means the most to his team-and his team is successful.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:02 pm

Derrick Rose makes a statement against Spurs

Hey Schidlekack, or whatever your name is... not gonna bother to look.
Stop posting stupid stuff. Jeez, man, pay attention. Jeez, man.
You are the one who needs to revert to you "mean."

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 1:02 pm

Derrick Rose makes a statement against Spurs

Derrick Rose hasn't just arrived. He's taking the next step, and that's what should leave the rest of the league petrified....

this would also include !

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:33 pm

Derrick Rose makes a statement against Spurs

I live in Chicago. Saw this kid play in High School when he was at Simeon. Was nasty then.won a state championship..knew when i watched him that he was already nba year at Memphis (lead his team to the title game), moved on to the nba (won Rookie of the year), starting this weekend in his second all star appearance, and has raised his game to MVP worthy..before the age of 23...thats not an anomally.. thats a road to the hall of fame IDIOT..hate when salty people cant admit greatness in others..dont know why this guy would be salty..maybe he's just stupid. Personally, i think anyone winning the mvp award over Rose would be bs. Nobody is more important to their team than Rose. And Im a Lakers fan...sorry Kobe. LeBron, dwight, etc...Rose has been the best this year, no doubt.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:19 pm

Derrick Rose makes a statement against Spurs

@that guy who's saying Derrick Rose isn't awesome:  One thing I'd like to point out is that the article did not say that hitting the mid range jumper yesterday was an anomaly, he's saying that since he didn't have his 3 point game last night, he reverted to taking it inside the arc and hitting that.  I don't believe the author was saying that he doesn't hit the mid range jumper consistently, but that he's usually taking more shots outside the arc and hitting rather than those inside it.

I can understand your hesitance to not put D Rose into the best point guard yet (I have obviously) since you don't watch him on a consistent basis.  He is so much better than last year and his improvement since his rookie year is incredible.  I don't think his work ethic and ability to will his team to a win has been seen since MJ. 

He will be great and keeping the Bulls near the top of the Eastern Conference for quite a while.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:56 am

Derrick Rose makes a statement against Spurs

wow schildkrotte   hate mu?  Its an anomoly because its just his third year in the league. Hes gotten better every year, much like alot of superstars do, they improve thier game each year...just like lebron, kobe, jordan, wade...and his biggest stregth is his humility hes always driving to improve the gaps in his game..why do you think his 3 point shooting is up near 38 percent..he worked hard at can have rondo ill take rose all day. Im gonna find it interesting to see how rondo does in a few years when piece garnett and allen are one....he cant shoot a least paul has a shot as does dwill....and parker...rondo shoots 50 percent from the line..thats horrible for any guard.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:41 am

Derrick Rose makes a statement against Spurs

M V P.

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:17 am

Derrick Rose makes a statement against Spurs


First of all, the midway point of the season is 41 games and he's played that's a stale argument.  To put Rose in any statiscal category with Moon and Gibson is silly!  They shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence...LeBron made them successful.  24ppg, 8 assist, 4 reb is not a fluke dude.    

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