Indiana Pacers' Tyler Hansbrough (50) tries to draw a charging foul as Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose drives to the basket during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball series in Indianapolis, Thursday, April 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Updated: May 23, 2011 4:07AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Derrick Rose can’t help putting up the big numbers that have made him a lock for the NBA’s MVP Award.
And Indiana Pacers interim coach Frank Vogel can’t stop coming up with high-def descriptions of Rose, who was ‘‘held’’ to 36 points in Game 2 on Tuesday night after scoring a playoff career-high 39 in the opener.
‘‘For the most part, [Paul George] kept him in front of him and forced him into six turnovers,’’ Vogel said. ‘‘I’m looking at highlights where Michael [Jordan] is going for 63 on the Celtics. [Rose] is taking 25 shots a game. He has the ball in his hands the entire game.
‘‘He’s capable of going for 50. Holding him to 36 points might just be doing a great job on him.’’
If that’s the case, the Pacers excelled in Game 3 on Thursday night when Rose scored just 23.
Tyler Hansbrough’s agitator style has made him Pacer Enemy No. 1 in the eyes of Bulls fans.
‘‘Hansbrough’s a dirty guy? Do you mean dirty, as in he doesn’t take showers?’’ Bulls center Joakim Noah said playfully.
No. Dirty, as in cheap shots.
‘‘I don’t think so,’’ Noah said. ‘‘That’s just the way the game’s played right now. Nothing easy to the basket. When you have a little point guard going in there every time the way Derrick is going in there, you don’t want to be on the highlights reel. So you have to give a hard foul.
“It’s frustrating because you never want Derrick getting hit like that. But it’s the name of the game right now.’’
Candid on cameramen
Noah believes the NBA needs to make some changes to prevent injuries like the sprained ankle Darren Collison suffered Tuesday when he stepped on a cameraman seated close to the baseline.
‘‘To see Collison go down the way he went down, because of a camera, with all the rules the NBA has, that’s something they could do better,’’ Noah said. ‘‘Put the cameras back a little bit. It’s not like it’s the first time it’s happened.’’
Forward Carlos Boozer wants nothing to do with Hansbrough’s chatter about vulgar trash talk between the two. Hansbrough said repeating their exchanges would require using ‘‘a lot of bleeps, and then there wouldn’t be much to say.’’
‘‘I’m not commenting on that,’’ he said, his game face already on at the shootaround Thursday morning.
But Boozer, who played at Duke, said the players’ clashing has nothing to do with Hansbrough having played for archrival North Carolina: ‘‘I have no problem with where he went to school at.’’