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Playoff Fix: It's Rose's turn

Posted on: May 22, 2011 2:58 am
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Derrick Rose needs to turn the Eastern Conference Finals around for the Bulls and step up as an MVP. 

Posted by Matt Moore





One Big Thing: Derrick Rose has to kill it. Rose has been unable to be his MVP self in this series thanks to stellar defense from Miami. But Rose is going to have to find ways to press the issue and get the first step to the rim. Rose has been trying to let the rest of the offense steps up as the Heat defense swarms him, but the Bulls can't hit the broad side of a barn right now. Rose has to come out early and be aggressive. If that means the pull-up jumper when Chalmers goes under the screen, so be it. If that means knocking down perimeter shots, which isn't really Rose's strength at this point, that's what he's got to do. The Chicago offense can't open up opportunities for Rose. Rose is going to have to open them up for others. If Rose starts off aggressive, the Heat defense will have to overreact to try and prevent a huge game from the MVP, which will create shots for Kyle Korver and Luol Deng, among others. 

The X-Factor: Mario Chalmers is probably due for a decent game. Don't get confused, Chalmers is radically outmatched in this series, regardless of who he's defending or who's defending him. But due to the attention the Big 3 receives, Chalmers is going to have opportunities. Chalmers has also done well surprising opposing offenses with his ball pressure, forcing turnovers. Knocking down open shots and creating easy buckets off of turnovers is the most you can expect from Chalmers, and if any time is great for him to do so, a key Game 3 with the Bulls looking to make adjustments after a disappointing Game 2, desperate for a win is a great chance. Chalmers has more athleticism than Bibby, but surprisingly Bibby has played decent defense on Derrick Rose while Chalmers has been an outright disaster. But surely Rio has one good game in this series. Game 3 could make it an impactful one. 

The Adjustment: Tom Thibodeau has opted, to no one's surprise, to stick with defensive lineups in this series. The idea is to create a cold war, a long, hard conflict of inches between two stellar defenses with the Bulls winning out as its what they do best. But the Heat offense is superior to the Bulls on most nights, so as the Heat corner the options originally presented by Chicago, Thibodeau has to go to more offensive weapons. Whether that means more Carlos Boozer or more Kyle Korver remains to be seen. It almost certainly won't be both, but one of the two needs to give Chicago a better run of efficiency. The Bulls can win with defense. They just have to have enough offense to give that defense the chance to win it for them.

The Sticking Point: The Bulls blew out the Heat in Game 1, the Heat flew by the Bulls in the closing minutes of Game 2. Things are unlikely to open up and an already ugly series is likely to only get uglier. Don't be surprised if things get chippy. This series is begging for a fight with Haslem and Taj Gibson both emotional difference makers for their teams. Joakim Noah is a constant agitator and LeBron James keeps flirting with conflict. The Bulls are desperate. The Heat are indignant. An already bloody series is going to add some bruises in Game 3.
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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Playoff Fix: It's Rose's turn

 Wade's ring should have an asterisk with those scumbag refs being responsible for it.
 

SunDevil97 I'm sick of that argument, the Heat got their heads handed to them the 1st two games in the finals against Dallas and for 3 1\2 qaurters in game 3. Then it happened, D-Wade realized there's nobody quick enough, strong enough, or good enough to gaurd me on Dallas. He took over the game and the series, the rest is history. Don't blame the refs because they couldn't stay in front of Wade. Wade put on a show that series that has not been forgotten by Heat fans and haters alike. Like Wade told Dirk don't complain about the refs he should've played better. Get over it! There is no asterick nor will there ever be. Get by the Thunder and maybe Dallas can redeem themselves. I doubt that'll happen with Wade and the Heat waiting for them again, this time he has even more help. Good luck!!! 



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Playoff Fix: It's Rose's turn

yeah, i agree-----how in  fairness to all the good comments so far submitted here  a dude like phila get to be an all star w/ comments he just made .....u should substantiate comments like that by stating something like haslem for instance made the difference in game 2 and probably will 2nite.....



Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Playoff Fix: It's Rose's turn

I HOPE you can learn your numbers.  Try watching Sesame Street.  I was not even close to the FIRST poster.  You must have been distracted by watcing repeats of "The Decision".  Bull will win this series. 



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Playoff Fix: It's Rose's turn

to phila.-----u became an all star submitting comments like this?
fantastic!



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: May 22, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Playoff Fix: It's Rose's turn

For all the Bulls fans enjoying this magical season, i hope you realize you have absolutely ZERO chance tonight in Miami. No chance at ALL.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Playoff Fix: It's Rose's turn

In response to:

Uh no man you read it right.  I did type what I meant.  Boozer and Noah will help out in Game 3.  Get a seat up close to watch this one.  Remembe the Bulls only have to win one in Miamii this week - This is the one.



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Playoff Fix: It's Rose's turn

Iszic....reputation 56? Ouch dude. What's the deal? Is every post you make as dumb as the two you just posted? They must be to achieve such a disastrous ranking on this terrible site. Chi-Town will take this one but I agree the guys who couldn't win on their own will probs take the series. I just hope Dallas and their far superior coaching staff sits the boyfriends down and spanks them. Wade and LeDecision are the biggest PU_SIES ever to play this game. Wade's ring should have an asterisk with those scumbag refs being responsible for it. Go away LeGayness and Wade. PLEASE



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Playoff Fix: It's Rose's turn

To Chicagos _Fan:

Why can i not expect Naoh and Booz to be non-imapctful? they were not impactful in games 1 or 2. so y cant i not expect the smae in game 3! I think what u meant to say was " you CAN expect Noah and Boozer to be non-factors again ". 



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Playoff Fix: It's Rose's turn

To the first poster:

Hope doesnt mean a thing, SO Hope all u want DUMB D sports!

Hope wont block Lebron's shot, Hope will not steal the ball from Wade! haha idiot!

Miami Big 3 better than any team's FIVE!

I HOPE u get this message! HAHA




Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Playoff Fix: It's Rose's turn

I hope Rose dominates the Heat today.  Miami's top three are better, but Chicago is a better team.  GO BULLS!!


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