Derrick Rose may frustrate Bulls fans, but there is one thing everyone can bank on – against another star point guard, Rose is going to bring his best. Unfortunately, his teammates aren’t doing the same.
With the Bulls and Warriors playing Wednesday night, Rose is having a game reminiscent of his 2011 season. But it’s all going in what appears to be a wasted effort, as the Bulls trail 63-44 at half.
Derrick Rose has scored or assisted on 16 of the 18 points the Bulls have scored while he has been on the floor tonight.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) January 21, 2016
Wow, Derrick Rose came to play, just like he did in Oakland last year. He's got 14 on 7-for-8. Rest of the #Bulls have 10 on 4-for-20.— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) January 21, 2016
Just as Rose got off to a 5-6 start, head coach Fred Hoiberg took him out of the game. With their only working offensive threat on the bench, things got ugly in a hurry.
Warriors on a 16-5 run since D-Rose checked out. #Bulls— Mike McGraw (@McGrawDHBulls) January 21, 2016
While Rose sat, the Bulls fell to behind 34-18 at the end of the first quarter. The former MVP returned to the game to start the second quarter and continued his strong play, raising up to 16 points before being taken out once again.
Rose’s success came as he attacked the basket. He was able to repeatedly create separation from his defender and put up shots near the rim.
When Rose was taken out the second time, he walked almost immediately to the stationary bike. This is not the first time Rose has done this while out of a game. He would return just a few minutes later.
When the teams went to half, Rose had nearly half of the team’s points. He finished the first half with 21, the rest of the Bulls totaled 23. Bobby Portis was the only other player to have more than four points for the Bulls.