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Derrick Rose says he 'wore down' in the playoffs

Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: July 12, 2011 6:23 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

Derrick Rose was not the same guy against Miami. Really, he wasn't the same guy against Atlanta for most of the series.

Rose was a tour de force in the regular season, spinning and whirling his way to an MVP. He was relentless, and his intensity only increased in the final minutes of a close game. He played 37.4 minutes per game, just slightly the most of his career. In the playoffs? He played over 40 minutes per game. He was the entirety of the Bulls' offense at times. Against the Pacers, for the most part, he was a world above, the gap between an upstart group and an upset, the reason the Bulls were able to handle the Pacers in five. They simply couldn't deal with Rose. Against the Hawks he provided one of the finest games by a player in the entire postseason, a 44-point, 5-rebound, 7-assist, 1-steal, 1-block Game 3 which regained home court for the Bulls. He was masterful in Games 4 and 5, and dished 12 assists in the Game 6 clincher. 

Even in the first game against the Heat, Rose looked to be the best player in the series as many expected him to be.  Twenty-eight points, even if it was on 22 shots, and 6 assists, not an overwhelming statistical performance, but more a sign of the pace and brutality of that defensive series. But after that? The struggles got worse. And worse.  And worse. 

You could see Rose was hurting. He'd suffered an ankle sprain in Game 3 of the Pacers series, but had returned to play through it and had not missed a game. But now Rose has spoken to Yahoo! and it would appear that he's recognized the real problem in the playoffs. It wasn't the Heat's defense. It was Rose's body. From Yahoo!:
After averaging 29.8 points and nine assists in the second round of the playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks, Rose’s scoring dipped to 23.4 points per game on 35 percent shooting in the East finals as the Bulls lost to the Heat in five games. Rose now says he should have been in better shape to handle the strain of the postseason.

“I just learned from last season where my conditioning wasn’t up to par at the end of the season,” Rose said. “That’s what I’m working on this summer, getting my conditioning right. There was just fatigue. My body wore down. Just going through the rounds, the first time being there past the first round, it was hard. I’m just learning from it.”
via For Rose, there's still room to grow - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

Rose also revealed wrist and back injuries which slowed him. In short: it turns out taking up 35.2 percent of your team's offense, as Rose did during the playoffs, the most by a considerable margin of any player in the playoffs, will take its toll.  That's the reality. Rose has been working since the season ended to get into better shape and to learn how to handle things. He sloughs off talk that his teammates need to step up. But that's where he's wrong. Rose needs to be able to be efficient when called on, and called on often. But he can't be the start and end of the Bulls' offense. There are going to have to be other playmakers on the Bulls, whether that's shot making or shot creating. There's got to be some room for Rose not to be involved every trip down. Final five minutes? Sure, let him rip. But there has to be some space where Rose isn't responsible for doing everything. Those drives that lead to all those trips to the line take their toll, as do all the bumps coming around screens, shoves while fighting for rebounds, and shoulders while going for the block. Rose is incredible when he's in a position to be so. But he can't be at that level for 40 minutes a game, every second. 

Turns out he is only a man, after all, despite what his highlight reel tells us.
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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:48 pm

Derrick Rose says he 'wore down' in the playoffs

Dr Love: I would just add that Chicago did not give Chicago players the CHANCE to support Rose in the Miami series. They just overplayed him and didn;'t give the subs a chance to impact. Dallas went to two players who were not expected to play at all and they came through. You have to give players a chance to perform: have faith in your team: you can't win with one guy.

Someone also mentioned Lebron and Wade played heavy minutes too- they were not like Rose's minutes. Rose was the center of attention on O and D for the whole game. Wade and Lebron with mix up their roles, taking turns being the go to guy and on D would hide for a bit and then come out hard on Rose and others. The number of minutes do not tell the whole story as far as intensity of play.

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 6:03 pm

Derrick Rose says he 'wore down' in the playoffs

Let me rephrase that for you:

Wow! the Heat defense shut him down!  Wow! The Heat are a bunch of stars on one team!  But let us not forget LEBron's disappearing act in the Playoffs, and like LeBron in Cleveland, Rose isn't getting enough support from his team, and the Bulls won't win it all until Rose gets some support.  And as far as LeBron shutting Rose down is concerned; Rose is too talented for that to happen.

salaam, I suggest some remedial english classes and also to ease off on the Caps lock, you are clearly abusing it, but I think you make some valid points

Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2011 4:23 pm

Derrick Rose says he 'wore down' in the playoffs


Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 4:02 pm

Derrick Rose says he 'wore down' in the playoffs

DRose not only training hard during the offseason but he was in the Worlds as well, as the starting pg.  Then a full season playing as the MVP while Noah and Boozer were out.  Deng helps out a lot but Rose and the Bulls need more firepower. 

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 2:55 pm

Derrick Rose says he 'wore down' in the playoffs

For that reason,the Bulls have got to make a strong effort in obtaining another scoring threat to pair up with D.Rose! Not just any scorer,but one who fits in with the system that the Bulls currently runs. I also admire D.Rose for being "straight-up" when he said that his conditioning wasn't up to his standards and that he needs to be in better shape for the Bulls to go further than they did this past season....."Much Respect!!!!"CoolCool

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 2:20 pm

Derrick Rose says he 'wore down' in the playoffs

Rose was clearly the best player last year; that being said it was only a matter of time before he wore down. It's not excuses its the truth..... The thing thats laughable is the heat fans jumping on rose for excuses... Lest we forget the bulls didnt promise anything like the heat

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 2:15 pm

Derrick Rose says he 'wore down' in the playoffs

miami's big 2 and 1/4 had more help from thier bench, than D-rose had from his. but D-rose played and scraped like
the team leader/super star he really is. his performance in this year's NBA finals reminded me of majic johnson's NBA finals game against the 76ers during majic's rookie season, they both left everything on the court and played their hreats out. "wore down" its very likely playing one-on-four against a stacked up miami squad with starters on thier bench.

BUT SO DID DALLAS, and you witnessed what happen to miami when they played on a even court 

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: July 12, 2011 2:11 pm

Derrick Rose says he 'wore down' in the playoffs

Rose definitely wasn't the same guy in the Playoffs as he was during the regular season. Unfortunately, he was the starting point guard as well as shooting guard. The Bulls need to upgrade that position if they want to compete with Miami and some of the Western powers. Also, Korver and Boozer are terrible befenders despite playing for hard-nosed Jerry Sloan in Utah. He carried the scoring burden for most of the year and it finally caught up to him. Better conditioning would help but having better players would also help. I think the Bulls should have kept Ben Gordon and they would have had a potent backcourt but lacked size. Gordon and Rose played well against the Celtics three years ago and Gordon was a threat that could not be left open. I don't think Rose is making excuses, he is just telling the truth.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 2:05 pm

Derrick Rose says he 'wore down' in the playoffs

The Heat Big 3, especially Lebron, play more minutes than Rose.  Lebron specifically guarded Rose, and Lebron averaged what, 43 minutes all season and in the playoffs?

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 1:55 pm

Derrick Rose says he 'wore down' in the playoffs

JimF13, I completely agree.  I was really disappointed in Thibs coaching in the ECF.  He needed to give Rose some rest during the start of the 4th like he had been doing all season.  I don't believe that the Bulls were in need of a major comeback in any of the games, so there is no reason to not let the bench get some work.

As for the guy who said that the Bulls are at least a couple of players away from winning a championship, I have the names of the two players they needed right here: Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.  If Boozer had been playing like he had during the middle of the season, before his foot/hand whatever the hell injury he had, there's your second scorer.  If Noah had decided to start making some tip-ins that he has consistently made his entire career, the Bulls are a hell of a lot more competitive in that series.  Sure, it was nice to see Asik and Gibson's coming out party, but I would have preferred that the starters played the way they should so that we won the series and didn't have to see that party yet.

Would it be nice to have a "makes-his-own-shot" 2 guard on the Bulls?  Sure.  But I feel like it's not necessary as long as our players play the way they're supposed to.

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