Derrick Rose still searching for shot
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter October 31, 2013 10:10PM
Updated: December 2, 2013 12:57PM
There’s obviously a huge difference between the defensive intensity played by the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks.
And no one was more appreciative of that than Derrick Rose.
The Bulls point guard admitted on Thursday that the double-teaming trap he faced throughout Tuesday’s loss in Miami frustrated him.
“Oh yeah, for sure,’’ Rose said. “They’re not even letting me get a chance to attack the big like I wanted to. They were jumping out way before I got to the screen.’’
Rose didn’t feel like the Miami trap had anything to do with his 4-for-15 shooting night. But he does believe it played a part in his five turnovers and decision-making.
“Just trying to make the game simple,’’ Rose said of a remedy. “Find Joakim [Noah] or Taj [Gibson] or whoever it is in the middle, and they have to make plays from there.’’
Rose didn’t have to deal with those kind of traps against the Knicks, who defend wing players one-on-one knowing they have center Tyson Chandler, a 7-1 shot-blocker, protecting the rim.
Rose’s decision-making was made easier on Thursday, but it didn’t change the fact that his shooting is an issue. He was 7-for-23 against the Knicks. After shooting 48 percent from the field in the preseason, Rose is 11-for-38 (29 percent) through the first two games.
Granted, Rose was iffy to play against the Knicks because of a sore neck and hit the game-winning shot, but the 18 months of rust that built up while he was rehabbing his surgically-repaired left knee still seems to be an issue.
“It’s just the playing again,’’ Rose said. “I never play pickup in the offseason. For me to have surgery and still not play pickup, all this my body is just getting used to. For me, all I can do is work my butt off every day and get the most out of every day and just see how far it takes me.
“For me, I know I have had worse shooting nights than that in my career. I know I’m going to have a game where my confidence is totally high and it’s going to be scary.’’
Around the rim
Noah will continue playing with no set restrictions on his minutes. The All-Star center missed all but one preseason game because of a strained groin, but coach Tom Thibodeau said the All-Star center’s playing time depends more on a day-to-day assessment.
◆ Going back to last season, the Bulls are 39-23 in games that Kirk Hinrich plays and 7-15 without him in the lineup.
◆ Carlos Boozer addressed the home crowd before the start of Thursday’s game, promising a “special season.’’