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Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 9:17 am  |  124 responses

Post Up: Rocking and Reeling

DRose is unstoppa-Bull. Mavs level Lakers.

Chicago 99, Atlanta 82

Critics like to call the Chicago Bulls a “one man show.” But when that one man show is clicking like it was yesterday, it’s the best show in the NBA.

DRose hung an MVP-like 44 points (a career high) on the Atlanta Hawks last night on 16-27 shooting from the field and 4-7 from behind the three-point line. He also had 5 rebounds, 7 assists and only committed 2 turnovers. In a word, he was unstoppa-Bull. He carried the entire team on his back as the other four starters combined to score just 21 points(!).

Rose did get some help offensively from the Bench Mob (Taj Gibson had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Kyle Korver had 11 points on 3-4 shooting from beyond the arc), but it was his performance that captivated everyone and seemed to have the Atlanta Hawks shook.

ATL did get a solid Game 3 from Josh Smith (17 points and 13 rebounds) who had been missing in the previous two games, and also got another outstanding performance from young Jeff Teague who seems to be resigning the injured Kirk Hinrich to coming off the bench next year (it won’t be the first time) with each and every game. Teague had yet another 20-point outing and committed just his second turnover in the entire series. His play has been a pleasant surprise to everyone, especially Hawks fans.

But, outside of the tremendous play of JSmoove and Teague, Atlanta didn’t get much contribution anywhere else. “Iso” Joe Johnson, Al Horford and Marvin Williams scored just 10 points apiece and Jamal Crawford only managed 7 points off the bench. In a game where you thought all of these guys would be fired up to play at home and ready to send a strong message to the Bulls by going up 2-1 in the series, they came out flat and were forced to sit back and watch the Derrick Rose show like everyone else.

Game 4 now becomes a must-win for the Atlanta. If they don’t come out and play with better energy and focus on Sunday, the next time the Hawks come back to the “A,” it could very well be to start their summer vacations. — Bryan Crawford / @_BryanCrawford

L.A. Lakers 92, Dallas 98

RBX said it best on “High Powered” from Dr. Dre’s classic LP, The Chronic: “I drop bombs like Hiroshima.”

The Dallas Mavericks dropped bombs on the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night and when the dust settled, they come away with a 98-92 victory to go up 3-0 in the series.

The Lakers are leveled. The Lakers are shook. The Lakers are literally on the ropes. Now it’s up to Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant—who continued to be defiant and delusional in the post-game presser about his team’s comeback chances—to dig through the rubble to find the team’s collective basketball soul.

And Pau Gasol. For the third straight game, Gasol was MIA for L.A., finishing with a paltry 12 points and 8 rebounds. The Spaniard was at times lifeless, listless and completely owned by Dirk Nowitzki, who finished with a game-high 32 points and 9 rebounds.

This was a very winnable game for the Lakers. They were up in the fourth, but let the home team close the game on a 20-7 run. Nowitzki and Jason Terry each had seven points in the rally.

“It’s great we just didn’t panic early when they were going inside all night,” said Nowitzki. “They were up there eight in the fourth quarter and we stuck with it. We said in the huddle that we keep fighting, keep plugging away and finally got some stops and got some shots to fall on the offensive end and that was big.”

The biggest gaffe for the visitors, though, was when Derek Fisher, usually poised under pressure, fouled Terry in the waning seconds of the game when it was still just a one-possession game. Jet stepped to the charity stripe and iced both freebies to go up 95-91 and it was curtains from there.

This game defied logic in that L.A. dominated points in the paint with Andrew Bynum leading the way with a team-high 21 points and 20 rebounds. Bryant was flat, Fisher was un-clutch and Gasol was Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.

“It’s tough,” said Bynum. “We played hard and we just gave it away at the end. We were up 7 with 8 minutes to go and let them hit two threes. Come down and we didn’t do anything offensively. They say 3 and out in baseball, we have about 5 and out. It’s tough.”

Laker Nation will be furious, they will be speechless, they will be inconsolable, but most of all, they will demand change if Dallas completes the sweep of the defending champs on Mother’s Day.

“We’re probably shocked a little bit,” said Lamar Odom. “Sometimes it’s hard for me to understand how we find ourselves in a game like that and we don’t know how to use each other’s strengths. We’ve been through it so many times, but we’re so stubborn with each other and it caught up to us. We need to find a way to close out a game.”

Change is the operative word for the Mavs, too, as they have finally changed their mindset as a team and exorcized their Playoff demons of 2006. Even if by some grand miracle they let the Lakers steal a game or two, they have proved that they are more than just regular-season stalwarts. They proved that they can compete in the NBA’s second season with the best of them, even the defending champs.

“It’s not just Dirk and Jason,” said coach Rick Carlisle. “Everybody is focused. We’re all trying to do something that we have never done, so the focus, the determination, the discipline, and all those things, is crucial. Dirk is one of the all-time greats, there’s no doubt about that, but we’re going for the ring and that’s one thing he hasn’t done in his career, and he’s one step closer, but we have a long way to go. And getting one more game from Los Angeles is going to be a lot of hard work and we’re going to have to stay humble and stay hungry.”

Dallas is slaying the Giant right before our eyes and it’s sending a cataclysmic jolt through all of basketball. The Mavs are for real, people, it’s time you started believing it. –Maurice Bobb

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Derrick Rose. Taj had a great game last night and again he was outplaying Booz. I don’t care who starts, just make sure Taj is getting the most minutes if he’s playing better. The Lakers are done, unbelievable. Derrick Rose.

  • horsey

    do they say “3 and out” in baseball? i thought it was a football term, but i don’t have the patience to watch baseball i guess….

  • Myung

    Good write up, BC. Congrats on a great win. Rose was amazing last night. I was just in awe of some of his shots off the glass. Bulls are absolutely killing us on the boards. I’m not too confident we’ll win Game 4. Hopeful, but not confident. If we lose tomorrow, it’s a wrap in 5 for Chicago.

  • fourthree

    When the Mavs took game one it was like wow they stole one. When they won game two people were like well they have gone 2-0 before and choked. In Mamba’s words they could win two games in a row too to even the series and for the most part people reacted yeah they could. And now this! Let’s put it like this, if you told me at the start of the playoffs that the Mavs would win three straight against the LA I woulda called you crazy. The Mavs are legit this year. IMO I don’t think they can sweep LA, but who knows?! Oh and that Derrick cat sure can score eh..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Myung, the Bulls didn’t even play THAT well, they can still do much better, like you said it was rebounding (the Bulls killed the Hawks on the offensive glass) combined with an MVP performance.

  • Dontneedtoknow

    Let LAKERS die a slow dead please…there is no coming back from this…RIP LAKERS

  • Myung

    Teague has been a revelation this series. That’s literally the one bright spot for us. Also, as harsh as I am on Josh (and I am), he really did have a solid game for us (like BC wrote). I am very critical of him, but I would never condone boo-ing him the way the “home” crowd did last night. I think it’s gone too far, and it’s an indictment of our wack home crowd (IMO the worst in the entire NBA, since we show up late, pack the stands with visiting fans, and turn on the home team). I seriously cannot imagine Rick Sund bringing him back next season (while you’re at it, Rick, why don’t you not bring yourself back either… thanks). He has to be traded, for HIS (Josh’s) sake. The city has completely turned on him. Like I wrote in the other post (the Larry Drew one from yesterday), I don’t know why people are all of a sudden turning on Josh. It’s not like his poor shooting is a new phenomenon. I never liked him, but at least I’ve been consistent about it. Why people who used to cheer for him are all of a sudden bailing on him really irks me. I guess fair weather and bandwagon fans just haven’t been watching much of him until this series? I actually felt really bad for him last night.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    If any team currently playing has the ability to push a 3-0 hole to a game 7 it’s LA, so I’m not celebrating until I hear the fat b*tch get on her Aretha Franklin/Chaka Khan ish. Can’t wait for my ears to ring. If they do get swept tomorrow, it will be the 1st time since ’98 that I’ll be rooting for a WC team to win it all. Unless some miracle happens and the Hawks make the finals lol.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Oh yea, and I wouldn’t exactly call it the “best show” in the NBA, BC. That’s pure bias right there. He’s a helluva player, MVP and all that, but let’s not push it.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I agree with Jahmai, the Bulls did not play that well (outside of Rose), the Hawks how ever were AWFUL.
    I skipped sections at a time after the Bulls went up double digits, I knew there was little chance of the Hawks making a come back and I didn’t want to waste my time.

  • Myung

    How’s that midseason trade working out for you, Rick Sund? Jordan Crawford became Washington’s most consistent scoring option in April (and was, you know, our first round pick less than a year ago), Mike Bibby’s going to win a ring in less than a month (for the record, I was perfectly fine with us trading Bibby so I’m not really complaining about this one), we traded away our 2011 first round pick, and we brought in a declining POINT GUARD when we apparently already had a young POINT GUARD (you know, our first round pick from 2009) on our roster (you would just never know it because neither Woody or LD believed in Teague and he is only playing now because he is the only healthy PG on our roster). That, plus signing Joe for $40 million over his market value last summer, not trading Josh Smith when he had a relatively high trade value, and not trading Jamal (an expiring contract who has zero chance of re-signing with us this summer)… you’re doing a wonderful Billy Knight impersonation, sir!

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    BC’s write up are always biased, lol. He’s the Heinsohn of SlamOnline, in that he knows he is biased too. Obviously he is not as bad as Tommy.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Oh, and Dirk has pushed ahead as the best player of the post season so far.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    @ Allball: Agreed. You can make arguments for him and DRose being the best, but Dirk has certainly been the most impressive.

  • Yann Blavec

    According to the 500 greaters players list, Jason Kidd is the greatest player never to have won a title.

  • Myung

    For this postseason, I’d put Dirk first, ZBo second, Rose third, LeDwyane Wames in a tie for 4th, Russell Westbrook 129th, and an honorable mention goes to Dwight.

  • robb

    Well Lakers’s cockiness and lack of respect for other teams finally is making them pay. They kept choking when it mattered the most and now they’re done. They won’t win 3 on a row with that poor execution they’re displaying. Gaslo is a huge disappointment. I l

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Biased, AllBall? Uhm, no…
    I’ve been giving credit where it’s due since the beginning of the Playoffs. When the other team plays well and Chicago doesn’t, I acknowledge it, and vice-versa.

  • Yann Blavec

    Jason kidd is the best *active player never to win a title.

  • robb

    Well Lakers’s cockiness and lack of respect for other teams finally is making them pay. They kept choking when it mattered the most and now they’re done. They won’t win 3 on a row with that poor execution they’re displaying. Gasol is a huge disappointment. I love Dirk, I dont like the mavs but he deserves that ring more than anyone.

  • Myung

    Yann… not Stockton? Barkley? Malone? Elgin? Ewing? Nique? Ice Man? Kidd is up there, but I’m not ready to put him above them.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    LOL! BC I am really shocked you don’t consider yourself biased.

  • Myung

    Ah, OK. Gotcha.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Myung, I like your list.

  • Yann Blavec

    Sorry, Myung.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    How was this particular write-up biased tho, AllBall? That’s my question.

  • Yann Blavec

    Myung, Ason is listed 28, while P-Ew is 37st.

  • Myung

    Kidd IS probably the best active player to never have won a ring (agreed), but a compelling case could be made that LeBron actually is (8 years in the League). His career numbers can’t compare (yet) with Kidd, but considering Kidd’s been in the League 9 years longer than Bron, I still think LeBron’s put together enough of a resume to be a Hall Of Famer even if he retired today. And if that’s the case, it can be argued that side by side, LeBron’s 8 years > Kidd’s 17 years. I’m personally not making that argument, but I think it CAN be made by LeBron fans.

  • Myung

    Yann, I like how you wrote “P-Ew.” I got into Trash Talk many years ago by calling Patrick Ewing “P-Ew.” haha

  • Yann Blavec

    Dirk is still huge anyway.

  • el_larsen

    i m a drose hater so i m not impressed .44points on jeff teague and a bad hawks defense?so what?how could he produced those poor game1 and 2 is the real question.lakers swept by soft mavs?this is cool!!

  • ripslam

    Anyone else think Rose shooting close to 30 shots a game is a bit much? Great performance, but still.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Props to the mavs….they are flat out better than the Lakers right now….. even as a LA supporter ,I have to place some blame on Kobe…his stupid pass out shot and his deep fadeaway shot in the last three minutes put a fork in the Lakers….I understand Pau is playing like sh!t right now ,but a good amount of blame falls on Kobe and his poor late game play.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    “Best show in the league” is arguable. That write-up was not particularly biased, me saying your write ups are always biased is an exaggeration and is wrong. I think your write-ups are very bias when Rose has a poor game. When he has a good game I don’t think you are any more complimentary than the other websites.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    When Rose shoots 27 shots and has 44, I don’t know how any one can complain (ripslam). El_larsen, Teague started hot, but how many points did he score after the first quarter? Rose fell asleep a few times, but he out scored his opponent by 23 points! His opponent being Teague.

  • Myung

    Allball, I’m not trying to argue with you, but Teague shot 8-13 while Rose was 16 for 27. So you can’t really say Rose outscored Teague by 23 points without mentioning that if you double Teague’s makes (8 to 16) and his FGA’s (13 would be 26), he will pretty much have put up the exact same numbers (off FG’s) as Rose. And I do agree with ripslam that he’s shooting a lot, but I don’t agree with it being too much. 30 fga’s is a lot for a James Jones or even a Jeff Teague, but Rose doesn’t have a choice. Like Zeke in the Bad Boys era and Iverson as a Sixer, Rose HAS to shoot a lot in order for his team to have a chance to win. Depending on the rest of your lineup, sometimes a guy (even a PG) has to shoot a lot, particularly if he is your most capable scorer. I generally like point guards to be pass first guys, but in the case of a transcendent talent like Pooh, I’m fine with him shooting that much. I’d like to see him cut down on his 3′s (until he is more consistent from downtown), but other than that, unless Chicago imports another proven scorer, the kid has to fire away if the team wants to win games.

  • http://slamonline.Com Bryan Crawford

    AllBall, name a better “one man show” in basketball this season than Derrick Rose.
    And when DRose has a bad game, am I supposed to kill him for it? When he plays poorly, I acknowledge it. I leave the slaughtering and nitpicking to you guys. I’ve been watching him long enough to know that him having a bad game or two is no cause for concern.

  • Kinetik

    Happy mother’s day pau gasol.

  • WiniTaLL

    El_larsen after you name your self a hater your opinion is no longer relevant your just creating chaos tell the laker fans how kobe is done then you will create a lot of it (which he honestly is)

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Chris Paul during the Laker series? Blake Griffin all year for the Clippers?

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I said prior to the series, when most everyone else was ready to declare Jeff Teague roadkill, that he was a good player who just needed minutes.
    I’ve seen him play huge once or twice in the regular season, and knew he wasn’t lacking game or confidence, just playing time.
    Last night’s game was fun for a Bulls fan. It was the type of performance I was expecting from Rose the night of his MVP being awarded, but better late than never.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Of course you would say CP3…
    I won’t argue with you on your opinion. If you think that those 2 guys are a better one-man show than DRose, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that you’re wrong.

  • WiniTaLL

    @AllBall blake is fun to watch put he is not as good as D rose and he is alot taller making him not as fun to watch because it is much easer for him and all he dose really is dunk which is cool but i only have him as the second funnest guy to watch and chris paul is almost as good as rose but not as fun to watch and this is the greatest one man show wright so the person should be at least a top 5 player which d rose is number 1 in my opinion and he dose crazy stuff like a magician at times and yeah that what makes him AMAZING and why he will be the face of the nba very soon.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    The Lakers are unraveling. Personally, I didn’t care about them one way or the other, but I was kind of hoping for a better ending for Phil Jackson.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Just arguing for arguments sake. For most, Rose would be more watch-able than Paul and Blake.

  • WiniTaLL

    moderators hurry up plz

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I think he’s definitely more watchable that Chris Paul. Who wants to watch a guy that takes no more than 8-12 shots per game? CP3 is good, but not all that exciting to watch anymore. At least not to me.
    Blake Griffin definitely gives DRose a run for his money though. The guy was a season long Sportscenter highlight.

  • Myung

    Rigo, you’ve seen him play once or twice huge in the regular season? That means you saw the one or two games of real playing time (in the previous 2 seasons) he actually got. Our coaches never gave him any playing time. If you’ve seen Jeff Teague play well, you’re a rarity (and you’re not even a Hawks fan which means you probably don’t watch all our games). I’m not knocking Teague; I’m knocking those in charge of his playing time. I’ve seen probably every game of his career, and I think there was literally one very memorable one (I think it was a Saturday home game vs. Portland where he threw up a sick stat line). Other than that, his best games of his two year career have been last night and Wednesday night.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    @AllBall & BC – I say Rose as well, but I’d throw Dwight Howard’s name out there too.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    @Myung – I don’t remember the date, the opponent, or the reason why he got so much playing time, but I did sit down and watch one Hawks game in particular on LP where Teague looked like a bonafide future all-star, and I watched another game where he played extremely well in limited minutes.
    So it was a bit surprising to me when fans and analysts were saying Hinrich going down and Teague having to start was going to hurt the Hawks, I must have happened to watch two rare games for him, I just assumed he always played well.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Meh, on Dwight. When he’s beasting like he did against Atlanta when he had 40+, I say yes. But how often did that happen this season?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Def gotta agree with BC, good write-up btw, but Drose is the best ‘one man show’ in the league. Everything he does is spectacular, his lay-ups are crazy, HIS LAY-UPS, his crossover, his dunks, he has an insane touch on his floaters, this dude is spectacular.

  • Vince5

    If the Mavs continue to play like this, they might even beat the Bulls or the Heat.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Pretty funny how everyone agreed (including me)that 27 shots is porbably a little too much and that he drops 44 on exactly that number of shots. What’s even more awesome was the fast he was actually smiling a couple of times. I just knew the first time he flashed a smile the Hawks were f*cked.

  • Myung

    haha, well that’s awesome then. You have literally seen more Hawks games when Teague played well than many Hawks fans. If you blinked, you missed those couple of games.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    *probably, *then, *fact

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Yeah, but how often did Rose drop 40+ in the regular season?
    For pure entertainment’s sake, I think no one is better than Rose. The speed, the sick crossovers, the crazy floaters, the dunks, all those circus shots he makes, how he’s able to get to the rim regardless of who and how many try to stop him, and his finishing ability.
    But Howard was beasting on the regular too though. Toss in the fact that few others, if any, play as well as he does at that position nowadays and it’s must see tv.

  • http://www.angryarab.com Tariq

    Myung:
    Barkley and Malone > Kidd.
    The rest, not so much.

  • http://slamonline t dubb

    First off the lakers are done and this is coming from a diehard laker fan pau has played like garbage the whole series but if any team can tie this series up its the lakers i just dont think they are going to do it.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Myung, I hit up basketball-reference to try and find the particular game. It was indeed against Portland.
    He had 24 points, and 5 steals and 3 blocks (damn).
    But more than stats, I remember thinking I loved his confidence. He just acted like he belonged out there.
    Had no idea I was watching an anomaly. Lol

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    DRose doesn’t NEED to drop 40 to still have a jaw-dropping game. Dwight did, at least for me. I like Dwight, I’m just not as high on him as a lot of other people are. As skilled big-men go (which I tend to like), he leaves a lot to be desired.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @BC, exactly, Drose can have a 7-20 game and he’ll have you talking about how pretty those 7 shots were.

  • el_larsen

    just seen the mavs game.
    the real mvp is german ,looks an nhl guy,and is called dirk.big shot after big shot against the champs.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I know your feelings on Dwight, B.
    And I agree on Rose being the BEST “one-man show”.
    For me, personally, I’m throwing Blake and Dwight second and third on that list.
    Also, if you ain’t read your DMs yet…probably for the best.
    @Jahmai – I’d argue if he had a 7-20 game, you’d be talking about how pretty some of the misses were too! How many times he made you jump out of your seat after a MISSED shot? I done that plenty.

  • izzo

    Spare a thought for Ron Artest’s therapist.
    And the best one man show this season was clearly Kevin Love.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    And AllBall, CP ain’t that fun to watch most of the time these days.
    While many applaud him for his “efficiency”, I find it maddening that he’ll only take 6, 7 shots all game. Even when his team needs more from him.

  • ThaWindy

    Bulls played great D all game. Rose scored 44 because the Hawks have no Defense. Bulls made adjustments on Teague and that’s what slowed him down in the 2nd half. Bulls took away their confidence AND their crowd. Even though the starting 5 didnt score much, I would say they all had very timely basket that kept them focused on D. I do hate how we can go Korver happy. Think some of those sets should be for Deng, but hey.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Haha, Rigo… I just saw ‘em. You’re good man, no worries. I was Twitter-free all day yesterday.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Rigo, gotta agree with you on the misses, last night he got in the lane and faked Josh Smith with a pretty ‘Dream’ move but he just missed the shot, but that was one of those moments.

  • el_larsen

    i know he s hurt but carlos boozer is playing for the bulls.you can’t say that drose is all alone and de’serve to take 30shots per game.
    in utah,playing with dwill(i know he s not loved here cos he s more efficient than spectacular)booz average karl malone scoring stats.again maybe because of his injury he can t score that much anymore(or maybe because his point guard shoot too much)
    d rose will have to adjust cos against the heat or the c’s(please let me believe!!!!!!)this kind of overshooting will make his team lose(for my extreme delight sorry)

  • http://slamonline t dubb

    Whats funny is in the start of the season some guy on here was saying d rose wasnt as good as d wade on his best day SUPRISE! This kid is the truth he is poised to move in kobe spot as that guy in the league lebron didnt want it and he s not a closer d wade is a great player but having lebron in Mia is gonna hurt his legacy more than he knows and plus i think his skills as a player are probably maxed out as far as their gonna go D rose is only 22 and he is already equal to Kobe Lebron and Dwade anybody who thinks different is effin insane if this guy continues to Improve on his already deadly skillset its a wrap and this is coming from Kobe supporter.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Drose had 44 points with 5:30 left in the ballgame, I actually thought he was gonna get 50.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Is it just me, or are “away” games for Bulls really semi-home games this postseason?
    I expected the huge Bulls following in Indy on account of the proximity.
    And I wasn’t surprised at all the love they got at road arenas during the regular season.
    But in the playoffs? Against Atlanta?
    Half the crowd was chanting “Let’s Go Hawks”, the other half “MVP”.
    Then again, it IS Atlanta. I wouldn’t expect to see that against Miami or Boston.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    el_larsen, who is obviously a Utah resident and Jazz fan, still hasn’t gotten over the Bulls beating the Jazz on 2 consecutive Finals, haha. I can respect that tho. I still hate the Pistons.

  • el_larsen

    @t dubb.it doesn’t surprise me that you re a kobe fan!!chunkers
    not a heat fan but d wade has won a ring byhimself,how can you put rose ahead?
    i m on the blake griffin side.this guy could turn the dt sterling clippers into winners!!!with a coach named vinny del negro!
    and what if next year john wall rise and become more speedy gonzales style than rose?wait and see

  • el_larsen

    looooooool ,someone think i m jazz fan!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Well, if you’re not, you’re just an irrational DRose/Bulls hater, el_larsen.

  • Angel of Stern

    PEJA’S BACK !!!!

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    NOBODY could turn ANY team into winners with a coach named Vinny Del Negro.
    Sorry.
    And a Clippers fan in Utah? What is up with people not backing their home squads these days?
    Unless you’re originally from LA, in which case, disregard.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Rigo, didn’t you catch the 2nd Atlanta road game for the Bulls when they absolutely blew the Hawks out and Drose was 6-8 from 3? It looked like everyone in the crowd was a Bulls/Drose fan. Besides Atlanta is known for it’s crappy crowds. But Bulls fan are really everywhere though, even in Miami there were some MVP chants. Maybe we can hear some more of those in the next round. :P

  • ThaWindy

    Rose taking 27 shot did not hurt the Bulls offensive chemistry. He didnt force his shot but took what the D gave him. More shots going toward the basket. He studied film and knew where his shot was going to be. It doesnt matter who they are play Rose is going to kill them.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Oh, el_larsen is a Clippers fan?! That explains everything.

  • bashmo

    WOW i come here to see people still trying to claim DRose as the to playoff performer? WTF after 1 incredible performance, you forget about the previous 7? Comeon, he is now shooting over 40 percent, but is still no where near performing at the level of Dirk, or Durant. HE is not playing CONSISTENTLY enough at all, im just opening people’s eyes. Chill out on the DRose praise in the playoffs, this performance did NOT make up for the other terrible shooting and turnover games.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Derrick Rose.
    LONG… LIVE… THE PRINCE!

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Oh, as far as Rose’s alleged “gunning”, that team needs him to do what he does. That team is built in Rose’s image. If he doesn’t do what he does, then they are a shell of what we see.
    No one carries his team like Rose does this year.
    Nobody.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    @Philo – D Rose: “Pocket King”? Lol
    @bashmo – How many losses in those previous 7 games? Two?
    I’ll take it. Turnovers, bad shooting percentage and all that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @bashmo, are you kidding, in game 1 of the pacers series he was epic! Closer. In game 2 he was very good, game 3 he shot poorly but hit the game winner, and in game 5 he was good too. So wtf are you talking about?

  • el_larsen

    lol guys!
    taking boozer and d will as examples don’t make me a jazz fan!i m talking bout boozer and his previous team was …utah that s it!
    my favorite player is eric gordon so i watch all clippers game,so i ve seen the whole blake griffin show rise.and i m sorry i liked it,and i wonder where will he stop.
    i live in france so i can t support any HOMEsquad!
    i had to pick one.i choose the family one the DETROIT PISTONS.(so yes bryan i m an irrational drose:bulls hater)i must admit that i also like the c’s (so yes i m also a kobe laker hater)

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    As for Gasol, I’ll attempt to offer this thesis;
    The past few years have been a grind for Gasol. He has been playing uber level Playoff basketball for the last few seasons. He is gassed, and is running on fumes.
    For a guy like him, who appears to not be used to this kind of grind, they tend to eventually wither. It happens to the best of the “sidekicks”. For a guy like Bryant, he has been playing 100+ games for the better part of his career. He is used to the grind. It’s happened to Scottie. The difference is though, Michael was able to convey his will power over to the rest of the team.
    Kobe has not done that this year. Last season he was a better leader.
    When Gasol is on, he is still the best big man in the world.
    In my opinion.

  • el_larsen

    bashmo is right!
    drose has played against the pacers and the hawks,2 poor defensive teams,and despite help from the refs ,he hasn’t been that good.not “mvp” good.
    cmon look at that guy in dallas!
    put cp3 with deng noah and boozer and you bulls would win easily(and without paul taking 30shots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Ah, I mistook your “here” to mean Utah when you meant SLAM online.
    Pistons fan.
    Even worse! Ha!

  • Myung

    “But in the playoffs? Against Atlanta?
    Half the crowd was chanting “Let’s Go Hawks”, the other half “MVP”. Then again, it IS Atlanta.” Exactly, Rigo. It IS Atlanta. Our city is a transplant haven. Lots of businesses headquartered here (Coke, Delta, Home Depot, Chick fil A, just to name 4), plus people move here because of the weather and because it’s just a great place to live. I can’t complain about transplants or I never would’ve met my wife (from Texas). This is our reality in this city. We know half the people we meet aren’t native Georgians. Which means half the sports fans here hold onto their original loyalties (can’t blame them either). It’s not just Bulls games. Steelers. Bears. Mets. Cubs. Bulls. Knicks. Lakers. Celtics. It’s like that in every city to some degree because some teams have national followings. But in Atlanta, it’s extra bad. You throw on top of that the fact that the Hawks were TERRIBLE from 1999 to 2007 (meaning most of the non-transplants turned on them) and you have the makings of a ridiculously bad home crowd. We have a home court advantage vs. teams without national followings (Ex. ORL, OKC, MEM). But against Chicago? I knew it would be the way it was last night. Like someone mentioned up there, if you saw any of our games vs. the big draws (CHI, NYK, LAL, BOS), the visiting team felt right at home. I went to Playoff games when we played MJ in 1997 and the Knicks in 1999. It was bad back then for the home team… but now it’s even worse. We just have a terrible home crowd. Just another reason why it sucks being a Hawks fan.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Kobe, when he’s going off, is still much better basketball to watch than DRose. Mind you, there exists no bigger Kobe hater on the planet than me. Lebron is better to watch when he’s going off. Blake is definitely a better one man show too. That’s real talk, no hate. DRose without a doubt is fun to watch, but he’s not the best one man show in the league.

  • ThaWindy

    @Phil:
    LOL… that’s funny until Rose gets a ring before the THE KING.
    @bashmo:
    Its ok.. Rose had some amazing rookie playoff games too. Its only his 3rd year in the L. Its the beginning. So the turnovers and shooting struggles I can live with. And in this game he seemed to fix those struggles. Relax, you’ll WITNESS more.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I could care less about DRose’s individual performances. As long as the Bulls keep winning, that’s all that matters to me. Individual performance arguments are better suited for the regular season and not the Playoffs. Chris Paul anyone?

  • el_larsen

    @rigo
    lol it s ok no pb

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    @ThaWindy:
    You know how I roll. The King doesn’t ever have to win a ring.
    He’ll still be The King, though…

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    “Just Another Reason Why it Sucks Being a Hawks Fan” also happens to be the title of Lang Whitaker’s upcoming book. LOL
    In all seriousness though, I feel ya, Myung.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Zoom, who calls the Lakers a one man show? Miami? Nobody, right? That’s what I meant. If you like Blake Griffin, I won’t argue you down on that one. I like to watch him too.

  • ThaWindy

    I think any team should boo a player if he’s playing like shi*. We boo Boozer. He deserves it and should take it as love. Josh Smith deserves to be boo’d for continuing to KILL his team by missing wide open jumpers.
    Note to Smith: Theres a reason why your open.

  • ThaWindy

    He’s The King only by name.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    wow, over 100 comments, on the weekend? cool.
    i think thibs summed up the sentiments of all of chicago fans really nicely in his post game press conference.
    something along the lines of, i don’t care how we win, if we win by one point. i just wanna win games.
    amen to that.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    @ BC: Well, you have a point with Miami. But as far as the Lakers are concerned, Kobe will still do the one man show thing once in a blue. It’s still more fun to watch because of how skilled he is. Just because people don’t call LA a one man show as often as they do Chicago doesn’t mean the example doesn’t fit.

  • WiniTaLL

    king james is a horrible closer which is while the king talk should be closed kobe is old and will be falling out of even the top 10 talk soon (and yes i know he was great but thats then this is now face it he is getting old) dirk has been good but look like Neanderthal and is a below average defender (sorry had to say it because he really dose look like one its weird haha) durrant is good offensive player but a crappy defender there i just dissed every ones favorite players and D rose will be taking kobe and brons place as the face of the NBA soon.

  • WiniTaLL

    so hate him all you guys want its still going to happen d rose is the real heir to the throne.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    That’s because the example doesn’t fit, zoom. When Kobe goes into “one man show mode,” that still doesn’t change the fact that the Lakers do have have other options.
    I agree that when Bean is clicking, he’s very fun to watch, but if Miami isn’t a one man show, then the Lakers are definitely not.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    The Lakers are just as dependent on Kobe as the Bulls are on Rose. Take away Kobe and the Lakers wouldn’t have made past NO.

  • Maurice Bobb

    Loving all the comments guys. The Playoffs truly are great this year, even though my soul is crushed that the Lakers are toast.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Rose has Deng and Boozer. Those are other options.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    @Maurice Bobb.
    I like that last sentence of yours on the “Post Up”. It sounds like something that I would try to write when I’m on my “mode”.
    Shout out @SLAM.
    Once again, the greatest site in the History of mankind AND beyond.
    Please don’t mind me…

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Deng and Boozer are not Gasol and Bynum or Wade and Bash. You’e reaching.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Bryan, what you mean “Chris Paul anyone”. Not trying to argue, I legitimately didn’t understand that sentence.
    Who has said D Rose has been the best performer this post-season bashmo? Dirk/Randolph/Durant have all been better, and there are others who were better when their teams were still alive. I thought everyone was talking about how great Rose was last night.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Philosopher in the house! Quite an active Saturday on SlamOnline.

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    Boozer and Deng are normally reliable offensive players. That’s not reaching at all. I understand that in order to hype Rose up more his fans want to make it seem like he’s a real lone ranger out there, but let’s not push it.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Idk why my comment isn’t posting.

  • Maurice Bobb

    @The Philosohper Thanks. I love to write a story and then have these intelligent basketball discussions with readers. SLAM readers are easily the best group of people on these internets. Salute!

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    LOL! @ ThaWindy “there’s a reason your open”.
    Very true.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    I just came home ftom a birthday dinner with loads of booze, then a stint at a russian bar owned by one of our group and too much complementary vodka and champagne offered, and i usually do not drink, so please excuse the rambling nature of the following:
    - Dirk was übersensational in the 4th. His sequence of plays was pure refuse-to-lose awesomeness.
    - there was so much shouting, extolling and gesturing going on between Laker players, PJ etc, i laughed like a Hyena multiple times during Gm3.
    - 7 mins. to play, Lamar ignores Bynum posting up on the right, dribbles in and bricks a jumper. Normal, right? Well here comes the comedy; Kobe, on the bench, gets up, SCREAMS at LO to feed the post, then proceeds to add a couple of F-Bombs before sitting down again.
    Most hilarious moment of the playoffs so far, imo.
    - the “love taps” Phil gave Gasol a few times during timeouts. Chest? Ass? Chest again? Yeah, you take it, biznatch.
    - Odom gets his 4th PF, Zen-Unraveling subs him out, Bynum thinks he’s sitting at shouts to be left on. Meanwhile a dejected LO sits and immediately has PJ in his face.
    And my fav. moment of the game with about a min to play; Peja gets subbed out, GRABS Marion (waiting to come in for him) at the sideline, shakes him and screams in.his.ear! Peja was pumped.
    I am so happy for the Mavs. Close ‘em out, men.

  • JTaylor21

    Rose has one great game and people are crowing him the greatest show on earth? What happened to the other 7 gms when dude was shooting a mind boggling 35% from the field, 22% from 3 and avg. 4+ TOs a game? Can we at least wait until dude puts up consecutive great games in the playoffs before we proclaim him the best?
    Talk about being prisoners of the moment.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Great write up (I mean comment) Dark, and Phil, I like Rose but u know I’m the only Prince down here, come on man… lol
    Anyway, great weekend of playoffs this far, I hope @ least the C’s grab one 2nite… @ least we’re not gonna b swept… (The Spurs, L.A and C’s are all gonna go out 1-4 this playoffs actually, I’m not that sure about L.A…
    Telling by the way both teams are playing right now (sorry Bulls fans) Mavs#Heat, that’ll b an amazing finals, 3 and 1/2 futur 1st ballot HOFrs figthing 4 one ring…
    Can’t wait

  • feez22

    Rose was lights out. I am quick to critique him (and rightfully so since he wasn’t playing @ potential) but ya that was a great performance. However, the hype is nuts. We have Magic now calling him mini michael for 1 great performance? Rose has went against 2 below avg defenses (not even in the top 15), 2 2nd yr pg’s that are in their first yr playing within the playoffs yet has been inconsistent. His 44pts on 16/27 is GREAT. His 39 i believe in game 1 v. the pacers on 10/23 shooting was also GREAT. However, he has had 5 NON MVP LIKE performances… out of 7. Do you guys now see why people like me are quick to point out his inconsistency? I don’t like being called a hater when i’d point the same exact stuff out about lebron, wade, kobe, dirk… Rose is an MVP now. Fair or not, the standards are HIGH. 2/7 mvp performances against CRAP defenses aint gonna cut it. @ this rate he could quite possibly shoot 25% in the conf finals… i wouldn’t even be surprised. However, GREAT GAME. now on to the lakers game… Dirk was awesome once again, Peja got his revenge, the mavs are shattering image perceptions of themselves… The lakers are who i thought they were. Great team when they are playing like a TEAM. When kobe starts going iso ball like he did in the 4th q last game yall saw what happened once again. Its hilarious to me that lebron gets all the hate for being unclutch yet KOBE hasn’t delivered a CLUTCH PERFORMANCE ALL PLAYOFFS… He’s had 5 chances to do so yet he has blown every chance. Pau is playing like a wounded u know what… bynum is beasting, odom is playing well… The lakers were up 8 until kobe went in late in the 4th. They then were outscored 27-13 with kobe scoring 4 pts down the way. 2 shots. missed his last 2-3. Clutch? sure… in the reg season and v. crappy defenses.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Ok, Slam has to really get it together. My comment posted a million hours later under Enigmatic’s name!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign el_larsen.

  • http://www.slamonline.com unf*ckwitable

    There is def some Chitown Bias in here. Dwight has to get 40+ to have an impressive game??? I like Drose a lot but GTFOH with that ish, he isnt doing 360 layups everytime he drives and he is an average shooter so wat are you talking about? There are a few players that can put on atleast as good a show as Rose. Dwade def can as well as some previoulsy mentioned.

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