Heat’s Bosh, LeBron can disrupt D-Rose in pick-and-roll
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter October 30, 2013 9:15PM
Updated: October 30, 2013 10:54PM
Derrick Rose and his teammates viewed it as an aberration.
Just more of that rust slowly chipping off Rose after being parked in the garage for 18 months, rehabbing his left knee.
But the Heat might have provided a blueprint in its 107-95 victory Tuesday.
Much like it did to the Spurs’ Tony Parker midway through the NBA Finals last season — and quite effectively — the Heat disrupted the pick-and-roll by using the ‘‘big’’ on the pick to trap the point guard with a double team, aggressively and physically.
After Rose scored two easy baskets in the first quarter, he saw much of the same treatment.
The result was a 4-for-15 shooting night for 12 points, and, more important, he committed five turnovers in an offense that far too often looked out of whack.
“I think you really have to take advantage of it,’’ Rose said of the Heat’s defense. ‘‘When they trap, make the easy play to the middle guy, whoever is setting the pick, and they have to make plays from there, but make the game as simple as possible. They play great defense, but it was me making the right plays. We have to just play easy basketball and not force anything. And it takes me making shots. I don’t think I forced anything. I just couldn’t knock down any shots.’’
It wasn’t that simple.
Rose split the double team several times and attacked the rim, but because of the Heat’s athleticism, there was a player waiting to challenge him in the paint.
The Heat players’ mind-set was simple: Make someone other than Rose beat them.
When the Bulls finally climbed back into the game to make it interesting in the fourth quarter, Kirk Hinrich was running the point and not being trapped.
Hinrich eventually fouled out, and Rose came back in.
“[Rose] looked fine,’’ center Joakim Noah said. “We’ve got to get our spacing. They were trapping. When they trap, we have to get easy offense. It’s on all of us.’’
It’s not like Rose hasn’t seen a trap before. He has had every type of defense thrown at him. But that was before his injury.
The good news for the Bulls is that the Heat is unique in how it can trap. It has LeBron James and Chris Bosh, who are athletic enough to close off an escape route for opposing point guards and long enough to make it tough for them to pass over the top.
It might be a blueprint for the Heat, but few teams have the personnel to duplicate it.
Coach Tom Thibodeau was asked about how the Heat trapped Rose and said, “I thought it was a very physical game. That’s something [Rose] has to get used to. He will.’’
Asked if Rose tried to do too much out of the trap, Thibodeau paused and said, “It was a very physical game.’’
“We didn’t adjust right,’’ Rose said. “The only thing we can do is learn from it.’’
The Bulls had better be quick learners. The rematch is Dec. 5.