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Rose etched his name on the MVP against Celtics

Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:55 pm
Posted by Royce Young

If there was really any doubt, I'm pretty sure it was eliminated Thursday. And no, I'm not talking about the Celtics chance at the No. 1 seed.

Derrick Rose is your MVP. It's happening. If you love advanced stats, if you love Dwight Howard, I'm just warning you now -- deal with it.

After his electric performance Thursday destroying the Celtics (30 points on 9-16 shooting, seven assists) in front of a national TNT audience while announcers, fans and media fawning over him for 48 minutes, there's just no doubt about it.

Whether Rose should win it, that's for another column. In fact, read Ken Berger's stellar piece on exactly that. But it was clear Thursday against Boston that Rose is very, very deserving.

This was a big game. You could feel it. The Bulls not only had a chance to essentially wrap up the top seed, but send a substantial message to the Celtics, and the rest of the Eastern Conference. If there are "Heisman Moments" in college football, you could lock down this game as Rose's. He showcased every ability he has, led his team masterfully and basically destroyed the defending East champs.

It was a complete takedown.

I'm not necessarily someone on the Rose for MVP wagon, but I can tell you that nights like this make it hard not to give it to him. Reality is, not everyone has embraced advanced plus/minus or win shares. Most still watch games for what they are and Rose gives those the thrill of a lifetime. He looks like an MVP. It's hard to deny that feeling you get while watching him orchestrate the Bulls.

(However, let's not get too excited about Rose's effort on Rajon Rondo though. Defense has been the main issue most have with Rose's MVP candidacy and while Rondo didn't play well -- just seven points and six assists -- but it wasn't so much Rose as it was the terrific help defense. And the fact that Rondo seemed to make himself disappear in the second half on his own.)

It's not like he needed this showcase to cement the award, but this is precisely the sort of thing that makes it essentially impossible to deny him. To watch a game like that and then try and make a case against him is difficult. To most, you'll just appear like some moron that wants to be different. I guess I'm still one of those morons because something tells me Dwight Howard has fit what little description of the award we have. Howard has been most valuable. Rose has been most awesome.

It was Steve Nash's tweet come to life Thursday. Rose is a 48-minute highlight. He torched Boston in every way. Every button he pushed opened the right door. Like me, you can still try and say someone else deserves the MVP, but after this one, it's time to face reality. This is Derrick Rose's award whether you like it or not.

Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 10:12 am

Rose etched his name on the MVP against Celtics

Rose will be the unanimous MVP!!! 

Since: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: April 9, 2011 2:46 pm

Rose etched his name on the MVP against Celtics

Rose is a clear cut choice for the MVP. Kobe and LeBron are both definitely right behind him though. I think Kobe has been too inconsistent this year at times and LeBron shouldnt get as much recongition because he has Wade and Bosh and hasnt played well at the end of games. Howard should not even be in the discussion. His team is in a downward spiral and his behavior isn't helping. He may be the best center in the league but the talent at the position is so bad these days thats not saying much. Hes not a leader and doesnt help his team win games, he actually hurts them in crunch time.

The most annoying thing about the discussion is that people still say Rose doesnt play defense. Statistically he is the best individual defender at the PG position this year. He also has more blocks and offensive rebounds than LeBron...

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: April 8, 2011 5:48 pm

Rose etched his name on the MVP against Celtics

The only +/- that really matters is how many more wins you have than losses, and right now Rose is ahead of LeBron and Howard in that category.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:49 pm

Rose etched his name on the MVP against Celtics

I love boards when only Bulls fans post.  It makes it so much better.

Another point: This author implies that Rose's plus/minus numbers aren't as good as other players in the league.  The reason for this is that the Bulls actually have a bench.  Obviously Lebron's plus/minus is going to be better than Rose's because the Heat don't have a competent bench like the Bulls do.

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:22 am

Rose etched his name on the MVP against Celtics

TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:49 am

Rose etched his name on the MVP against Celtics

#1 - Why Howard is NOT an MVP candidate - why not? Because everyone says the way to beat the Magic is to let Howard do whatever he wants and make sure the rest of the team doesn't get open shots. Last time they played the Bulls, Howard scores 40 and they lose. So how is he valuable when the other teams strategy is to allow him to do his thing knowing it's their best strategy to win? Not to mention you have to sit him down at the end of close games because of free throws. He will never be clutch or a finisher because of that. Even Joakim Noah can shoot 70%+ and routinely go 2 for 2 from the line.

#2 - since when does help defense mean Rose can't play defense? That's the whole point of Thibs system. EVERYONE HELPS EVERYONE. In one-on-one situations, Derrick has played very well against top PG's this year. Wins every battle. And he has the athleticism to make the big, game-finishing defensive plays too (you know the Celtics remember his block at the end of the game in their last playoff series)

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:36 am

Rose etched his name on the MVP against Celtics

This is Derrick Rose's award whether you like it or not.
I like it quite bit actually.

I'm looking forward to the playoffs right now.  If you look at the past 2 years that the Bulls have been in, they've come up big with average teams.  This year has the potential of being magical.

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:17 am

Rose etched his name on the MVP against Celtics

At what point are we going to start looking at the horrible stats that opposing point guards put up against Rose and start giving him some credit for being at the very least a good defender? The list of elite point guards that he has helped shut down is truly impressive and he does it while putting up 20-30 points of his own offense against them. It's time to start giving him credit as a defender as well.

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: April 8, 2011 8:09 am

Rose etched his name on the MVP against Celtics

There will always be doubters and haters when it comes to the leading MVP candidate.  That's just how it is.  Rose is CLEARLY the MVP though.  No question.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 6:22 am

Rose etched his name on the MVP against Celtics

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