Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  17 responses

Derrick Rose: ‘I Have to Be Way More Aggressive’

DRose has apparently had enough of passing the basketball to his offensively-challenged teammates. Tonight, in a desperate Game 4 for the Bulls, Rose intends to challenge Miami’s swarming double-teams and take his chances by shooting more. From the Chicago Tribune: “I definitely believe in them,’ Rose said of his teammates. ‘But I want to see what I can do if I take the double-team on. I saw what the double-team did the last two games. My passing the ball the majority of the time really isn’t working. Or we’re not running the right play to get people open. We went over the plays and play calls (Monday). (Tuesday), I have to be way more aggressive.’ Rose, the youngest MVP in NBA history, is averaging 23 points and 6.3 assists in the series. But he’s shooting just 39.1 percent and scored a combined four points in the fourth quarters of Games 2 and 3. That included a mere two field-goal attempts in the 9 minutes, 58 seconds Rose logged in the final period on Sunday night. ‘That’s not me,’ Rose said. ‘I’m thinking too much, trying to get the ball out of my hands so that my teammates can make plays. … I have to change my mindset right now. Usually when I come out, I see how the defense is playing me. They’ve been double-teaming me the whole time, especially in pick-and-roll. The big (man) stays up until I get the ball out of my hands. Starting (Tuesday), from beginning to end, I have to be way more aggressive. I have to find a way. I don’t know how I’m going to do it. But I have to search out the opportunity and go for it.’ The Bulls haven’t lost three straight games all season in large part to Rose’s transcendent talent and attacking mentality. To avoid doing so on Tuesday, both those qualities must be on display. ‘I want him to play as fast as he can without being reckless,’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘If they’re back and set and you’re racing up to go one into three, the result isn’t going to be good. We have to make good decisions. He’s faced every possible defense all year. We have to hit some shots to open things up for him so he has some driving gaps. When he’s in the open floor, he’s very hard to guard. He’s very difficult in the pick-and-roll. He’ll find seams. And hopefully, he’ll get going.’”

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  • Pippen Ain’t Easy

    correction: game 4

  • Zabba


  • Sparker

    he’s been open a lot, he just isn’t hitting them

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    If you can’t stop a Bosh, your screwed.

  • slamfan4life

    Bulls gonna get this game, Bosh went berserk last game; this game its gonne be asik….goin for 40-15-15………………

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    ^^the guy above me is wrong.

  • robb

    The rest of the Bulls are not showing up, specially Carlos Boozer. I don’t know how Derrick can be more aggressive, but even if he could, that’s not what a team should do. No team can achieve anything playing like that.

  • OvaChicken

    Looks like even the disillusioned Chicago fans dont know how to beat the Heat. Grill da pesky Bulls ! while I on the other hand like my steak well done. Hmmmm can’t wait. Crawfishy , fishy ?

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  • JTaylor21

    By aggressive he means taking 33 shots and making 13.

  • All Day

    I gave Kevin Durant a pass and I will give D-Rose a pass, as well. A young player in the league needs to learn how to win in the playoffs. It’s like a developmental process all players go through in order to take their games to the next level. D-Rose and his teammates will learn from this series with Miami.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    It’s a tough spot he’s in. As he team is currently constructed, he has to start gunning and chucking to give his team a chance. However, that style of play by a primary ball handler won’t get it done in the long run.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    look at jtaylor21 in his b*tch a** mode again.

  • http://www.nba.com K Dub

    All the bulls have to do is play like they did in game 1 simple as that play good defense an drose scores about 26-30 and luol gets 15-20 joakim about 10-11 and hopefully booz plays well and that = a W!

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    @K Dub, not that easy. Chicago’s energy discouraged Miami and led to the Heat packing it up in the 3rd qtr. The Heat know they can win as the game plan is now.

  • Mike From Spain

    ‘Agressive’ is another word for ‘chucking’ I guess

  • kudos

    ‘agressive’ means to launch two extremely long two pointers that as a team you don’t even need. D-rose has extremely low bball iq, and he lost it for the bulls.