In the season opener Derrick Rose took 31 shots to score 26 points. If you add up the two trips to the free throw line then he used up 33 possessions to score his 26 points which simply isn't good enough. However, as much as I'd like to criticize the amount of shots he put up, there is no one else.
The problem is a lack of help but help isn't likely to come until Boozer gets back.
The thing is, while Joakim Noah scored 18, he's not scoring his points
through creating his own offense. We can't just get the ball to Noah
and watch the points fall in. Same thing with Taj Gibson who had 16
points, but mostly off of open dunks. Luol Deng struggled on the night
even though he chipped in 13. C.J. Watson did a decent job creating his
own shot and went 4 of 8 from the field, but we're not counting on that
Anyone else? Forget it, it was a disappearing act for the rest of the team.
That's why, as unfair as it is, Derrick Rose needs to play better.
Quite simply, while Boozer is out, there is no one else. Gibson and Noah
will score in transition, Deng will find open spots in the offense, the
other guys can get garbage points, but no one else can generate anything
in the half court with the possible exception of C.J. Watson.
For those criticizing the volume of Rose's shot attempts, and I think it
was too many too, the problem is who else could you go to? Who else
could create their shot? The Thunder played great defense in the half
court shutting down the points coming out of the system. Derrick was
our best and only option.
So here's the thing, we've been saying it for two years already, but
Rose needs to stop driving to avoid contact at the rim. We love the
highlight reverse layup where Rose jumps from four feet from the basket,
goes underneath it then throws in a crazy reverse. However, this play
is usually a crazy difficult shot which could have been an easy foul
drawn if Rose didn't go out of his way to avoid contact.
When the opponent crowds the paint it's time to force the issue. Go
watch some tape of Corey Maggette. Lower your head and charge! Get
the Ben Gordon football hold on the ball if you have to.
As unfair as it is, the Bulls need more from Rose, because they're not
going to get more from anyone else. The only way for Rose to deliver
more on a consistent basis is to get to the line, and while we love to
blame the refs, it's the way Rose drives that results in the lack of
calls. This is the one adjustment that Rose can make to impact the game.