The Chicago Bulls have to stew over a loss to Golden State longer than perhaps any other loss the rest of the season. In this compressed schedule, they are in the midst of a two day layover. They'll probably be filled with rust by the time they take the court again.
The two day break comes at a fortuitous time for Chicago. Similar to a bye week in football, sometimes it's good to get it early, sometimes late. The Bulls need all the practice time they can get in order to get all of their pieces in sync and getting two days in a row early will help them get back on the same page.
Derrick Rose started off the season attempting to be Chris Paul. Trying to run the offense, distribute the ball, and create shots for others. Derrick Rose is not Chris Paul. This is not a bad thing. Chris Paul has no titles. If I were to compare Rose to another player in the NBA, it'd be Dwyane Wade, and that's not a bad thing either. He has one title and won it with a fairly lousy cast [no offense to old Shaq].
Rose needs to score. He's an elite scorer. He's not an elite court vision guy, he probably will never be an elite court vision guy. That doesn't make him a failure, in fact, it makes him more likely to succeed. At the end of the game, do you want your superstar to score or pass and hope your role player scores?
"We have to get our offense going so we can get easy baskets," Rose said. "That's what I'm real concerned about. Last year, we rarely got easy baskets. This year, we have to find a way."
"In the first quarter I have to establish myself a little more," Rose said. "I see that being laid-back is just not doing it. I think both games in the first quarter I shot the ball just one or two times. So next game, I have to change it up."
"I have to push the ball, get to the rim, be more aggressive," Rose said. "We tend to slow the ball down a little bit, getting a feel for how we're playing. I really haven't caught on to it yet."
It's funny how the same words coming out of someone else's mouth might play out much differently. However, Derrick is absolutely right. He needs to get going earlier. He needs to establish himself as a threat first and let the others play off of that.
So far this year having Richard Hamilton in the offense has taken shots from Rose and given them to Hamilton. A fairly terrible trade off given that Hamilton's efficiency has stunk for the past three years.
The Bulls offense looked all clustered and jammed up when Bogans was on the floor, but it performed better than the offense is right now despite the disadvantage because Keith still scored extremely efficiently when he did shoot, and Derrick Rose took more shots even if they were far more difficult ones.
In short, the Bulls have worse players getting better looks and taking more shots, but it's not as good as a better player taking more shots with worse looks. This isn't to say the Bulls aren't better off by swapping Bogans and Hamilton. They should be, but they still need to learn to play as a unit, and it will take some time.
Richard Hamilton, in particular, needs to adjust to a new role where plays aren't run for him, and he plays off of what Rose does rather than Rose waiting to see what Hamilton does off of a screen.
Look for Derrick Rose to abuse the Kings tomorrow, after all, he's had to sit with this loss for near an eternity in this season.
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