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NBA Playoffs: Heat took the bloom off Derrick Rose

May 19, 2011, 2:22 AM EDT

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Derrick Rose put up a 28-point game in the Bulls’ Game 1 victory and a 21-point game in their Game 2 loss on Wednesday. Those are good numbers. He remains the focal point of everything Chicago does on offense.

But it has taken him 45 shots to get those 49 points. He is shooting 37.8 percent overall, 30 percent from three-point land. In Game 2, the Heat made a point of challenging him every time he drove, and the result was him shooting 2-of-11 inside of 10 feet. (Stats via Hoopdata)

The Miami Heat have made their point — if the Chicago Bulls are going to beat us, they will have to do it with someone other than newly-minted MVP Derrick Rose. On Wednesday night, nobody did and Miami evened the series with an 85-75 victory.

Miami has the athletes to do what few teams can, which is really be physical with Rose on the perimeter. But Rose is too quick with the ball to be stopped. With today’s hand-checking calls on the perimeter, even Derrick Rose couldn’t guard Derrick Rose — so when he got in the lane he saw a wall of bodies. He had three shots blocked and despite the best body control in the league he had no choice but to kick out on multiple other drives.

The Bulls’ 3-of-20 shooting from three-point range did not make the Heat pay for packing it in. If the Bulls are going to win this series they have to knock down threes.

Maybe the most stunning development in Game 2 was that Mike Bibby held his own. Bibby has been a defensive liability for several seasons now, but give the man his due — he played really well in Game 2. He even was the screener for LeBron James in the Heat’s high pick-and-roll late in the game (because Bibby was being guarded by Kyle Korver and Miami wanted Korver to have to show out or switch on to LeBron, and it worked).

Next game, expect Rose to shoot better under pressure. But the Heat are not going to let Rose beat them, someone else has to step up. Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Kyle Korver, maybe even Brian Scalabrine. Okay, not Scalabrine. But somebody had better or this series will end sooner rather than later.

  1. liltmac2003 - May 19, 2011 at 3:13 AM

    Helin, I absolutely know you dislike Chicago, the Bulls, and especially Derrick Rose. But give credit to both sides how Krolick did. Sure Miami won, but the Bulls were…

    FGs: 28-82
    3FGs: 3-20
    FTs: 16-26

    With the Bulls having a historically bad offensive performance, the score was 73-73 w/ 4 minutes left in the fourth. Props to Miami for getting the W, but Chicago really beat themselves.

    • hnirobert3 - May 19, 2011 at 7:49 AM

      So Chicago beat themselves offensively and Miami’s D had nothing to do with it? After game 1 every Bulls fan and Heat hater was saying that Chicago’s D chewed up the Heat’s O, instead of saying Wade and James had off nights. Funny how that works. :)

    • pdbro - May 19, 2011 at 8:09 AM

      Historically bad? Chicago’s offense is Rose, and that team goes as he goes. When Rose is out, or being shutdown, it’s like watching a D League team try to run an offense. It’s just ugly.

      • gmsingh - May 19, 2011 at 8:40 AM

        Good point–that’s why the Bulls lead went UP when Rose was on the bench. How long have you been lost in space?

    • miami4allday - May 19, 2011 at 9:55 AM

      yeah and Miami Beat themsleves by allowing all those second chance points on SUNDAY, The bulls shot so poorly because of good defense, Trapping rose and making someone else beat them which they did not do!

      • heat256 - May 19, 2011 at 12:02 PM

        Don’t bother arguing with Bulls fans. When they win, they dominated and Miami stunk. When they lose, it wasn’t because Miami played better, it was the ref’s fault, the Bulls missed some shots and did it to themselves, blah, blah, blah. A real knowledgable fan is able to congratulate another team beating their team. As a Heat fan since the days of Seikaly, Sundvold, Thompson, Ogg, Miner, etc, I can say the Bulls played balls out Sunday and beat us good and hard. My props go out to them. They are a damn good team and should be for a long time. However, the Heat beat the Bulls last night. They played harder, executed better, and did the things a great team needs to do to beat another great team.

    • nfl25 - May 19, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      Bulls missed a ton of free throws and easy baskets. That killed them. The second quarter was so strange. That one ref decided he was going to just start calling fouls on the bulls for no reason. Expect more of that in Miami. Watching games in Miami sux, the whole game is dwade and james at the free throw line

      • purdueman - May 19, 2011 at 1:11 PM

        nfk,,, spot on post. The Bulls missed a ton of easy baskets in the paint RIGHT UNDER THE BASKET last night; Carlos Boozer shouldn’t have even bothered to suit up, because he disappeared immediately after the opening player introductions last night.

        There is no truth to the rumor that Boozer’s picture will start appearing on milk cartons throughout the Chicago area starting today though… at least not yet!

  2. steveschreck - May 19, 2011 at 3:15 AM

    Rose is taking too many shots, I think. He’s taken 45 shots in two games, which for a point guard, even one that has a scorers mentality like Rose, is too many. I liked what you had to say, good stuff.

  3. budrow - May 19, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    Why should we expect Rose to shoot better? He’s been a slug all playoffs on top of the fact he’ll have to do it in a hostile environment in Miami. The Bulls didn’t beat themselves, LeBron closed them out. The Heat have Chicago’s back against the wall. Efficiency + talent = wins. Rose was only half that in game 1 and 2. Lookout for this to be one of the best rivalries in the NBA in a couple years.

    • bears1013 - May 19, 2011 at 7:04 AM

      lol at cryami being a hostile environment. game 5 against the celtics was the biggest sporting event that city has seen since the 06 nba finals and the crowd was sitting on their hands until the last 3 minutes of the game.

      and way to neglect the fact that despite how inefficient the bulls were all game they still had a shot to win. just because miami pulled away and won a defensive slugfest in the fourth doesnt mean chicago wont bounce back just like most teams do in a SEVEN GAME SERIES.

      as the playoffs wear on it becomes more and more apparent that this is the first nba postseason any of you heat “fans” have followed.
      fan up’d

      • budrow - May 19, 2011 at 7:21 AM

        Sorry you’re upset that your team of 12 got beat by a team of three. As for the crowd, the telecast only shows the first level of seats in Miami, the people in the upper levels are as rabid as any crowd. The Bulls, through no fault of there own, are overhyped. It was satisfying to watch Noah pout.

      • blueintown - May 19, 2011 at 8:14 AM

        @budrow – The reason they don’t show those rabid fans in the 300 level during Miami home games is because there are no fans in the 300 level. This is why the Heat threw their extravagant smoke and laser light show after their free agent coup, because no one in Miami really cares about the Miami Heat, even after locking up three of the best players in the NBA. Honestly, is their any other NBA city in America that could sign three players of that caliber and STILL have to resort to cheap gimmicks to fill the stadium on a nightly basis?

        Kudos to you if you truly are a real honest-to-God born and raised Miami Heat fan. But c’mon, let’s call a spade a spade.

      • gmsingh - May 19, 2011 at 8:42 AM

        From budrow: Sorry you’re upset that your team of 12 got beat by a team of three.

        Are you claiming Haslem was one of the “three” or are you ignoring the facts too?

    • neeciekay - May 19, 2011 at 6:07 PM

      All of you “fair-weather” Heat fans are soooo hilarious to us “ryde-or-die” fans in Chicago. NOW you all wanna defend the big 2 and talk stupidly about the leagues MVP?? LOL, where were all of you after game 1?? Hiding out somewhere, scared shakin because you saw your big 2 get handled!! Yes, the Heat won last night, but, they DID NOT beat the Bulls. The score was way too close for you guys to even suggest that. A BEATIN was what Miami got in game 1. BTW if D. Rose is having a bad “night/series” averaging 28pts. a game, then the Bulls are still in good shape, especially since our bench is waaaay better than Miami’s. Enjoy your victory fair-weatherers, it won’t happen much more. Like the TNT panel/pro ball players called unanimously: BULLS IN 6-7 GAMES!! Our team was built, not bought!! Deal with it!!

  4. philtration - May 19, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    Miami is a much better team when they are allowed to play on both sides of the ball and the other team is not. What a joke.
    The officials were so impressed that they even gave Wade all the time he wanted to get a band-aid on his boo boo.
    Miami can’t slow down the Bulls defense? No problem. The guys with the whistle will do that for you.
    Ball goes out of bounds off a Heat player? No problem. Miami ball.
    Miami get out hustled on a loose ball? No problem. Call a foul on the Bulls player that never touched anyone.

    They took the Bulls out of the game in the 2nd quarter after they took a 5-point lead and Miami started to look frazzled.
    They played on their heels for the rest of the game and we got to hear how heroic LeBron was because he had a stuffy nose the night before.
    The commentators pointed it out several times except for Marv Albert who had to be apologetic for the sorry a$$ job the officials were doing.

    I don’t mind seeing one team beat another but how do you let one official take over a game like that and play a role in the outcome?

    • southbeachtalent - May 19, 2011 at 8:36 AM

      denial is an ugly thing….

      Heat in 6

      • gmsingh - May 19, 2011 at 8:43 AM

        Agreed–the Heat will win in 6 years. LOL.

      • neeciekay - May 19, 2011 at 6:11 PM

        EXACTLY!! AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU HEAT FANS ARE IN RIGHT NOW!! I know it feels good to win one on our floor, but, remember who your Daddy’s are and were all season long! BUILT NOT BOUGHT!!!

    • bils293 - May 19, 2011 at 8:36 AM

      go cry…bulls lost, get over it

    • anythingbutyanks - May 19, 2011 at 9:13 AM

      Actually, Miami had to use a 20 second time out because the officials were NOT going to give the Heat all the time they needed to work on Wade.
      It is truly strange how easily you find excuses for everything the Bulls did not do well. I lived in northern IL my whole life until 4 years ago (including 4 years in Chicago itself), and have been a Bulls fan the whole time, but I can acknowledge when the Heat brought it on defense and won the game on their own merits. Did the officiating suck, as usual? Of course, but it was equally bad for both teams.

      • philtration - May 19, 2011 at 9:43 PM

        If you believe that his little band-aid drama only lasted 20 seconds too long than you are delusional.

    • LPad - May 19, 2011 at 9:27 AM

      not a bull fan and I had no problem with LeBron going to Miami, but the refs were awful. Even Reggie Miller called out that one ref by name after he made four bad calls in a row. When was the last time anyone heard an announcer call out a ref on national tv?

      • pepesmith88 - May 19, 2011 at 11:27 AM

        Makes you wonder why officiating mistakes happen a lot during key games in the playoffs. And to think the league claims that they have made leaps and bounds in improving the officiating aspect of the game.

        If a guy sitting accross the floor watching the game sees a wrong call being made 4 times in a row, then that tells you something is wrong

        Granted the officials do not always have the luxury of checking the replays all the time (although it is my understanding that they now have the option to catch the replay on a particular call if they deem it neccessary for review) – It still doesn’t explain why bad calls are being made consistently

        Congrats to the Heat for winning the game. Guys made the adjustments. But you get the feeling the Bulls are not finished yet.

        The playoffs have been exciting to watch this season. Hopefully the refs don’t spoil it for us

    • miami4allday - May 19, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      Please lets not even go to refs, did you watch all the holding and pushing the BUlls got away with on SUNDAY???? are you seriously gonna come on here and talk about officiating?????????

      • borderline1988 - May 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM

        The refs’ performance is all perception. You can argue that in the 2nd quarter the refs were calling a lot of fouls on Chicago.
        But they weren’t bad calls. Noah is really aggressive going after offensive rebounds, and he goes over players’ backs to tip the ball on nearly every single play. And the Bulls were slapping at Miami’s ball-carriers all game long. They did come up with some clean steals, but there’s no question that they were constantly reaching in.

        And whenever Lebron or Wade drived, the Bulls’ defenders bodied them up on the way to the rim (blocking fouls).

        It all depends on how tight the refs are calling the game. The important thing is that they are consistent. The refs were calling it tight (at least it wasn’t like the Dallas game), but I thought that it was Rose’s fault for not taking advantage of the refs. He had Bibby on him for most of the game, and somehow Bibby looked like a good defender. Rose should have attacked him, but he didn’t.

      • pepesmith88 - May 19, 2011 at 11:49 AM

        take it easy dude.

        I was referring to calls being made on both sides of the floor – Bulls and Heat side

        Like I said, bad calls were being made consistently.

        I just congratulated your team for winning the game. Or maybe you think everyone here are “haters” without even reading the full content of their replies?

        It’s sad the message of my response was lost on you

    • heatmvp - May 19, 2011 at 10:03 AM

      you are insane..go back and watch the game without being biased and you’ll see that there were far more called incorrectly called against the heat than the bulls.

      in the first game Reggie Miller even jumped off his seat when Wade got dunked on…when have you seen an announcer do that?

      • southbeachtalent - May 19, 2011 at 1:44 PM

        If you listened yesterday he sounded somber at the end of the game, Reggie is a tool.

    • Milton Galfas - May 19, 2011 at 11:26 AM

      The game was on TNT last night not ESPN. I believe you were watching the baseball game or else you drank so much T-Mobile beer that you fell asleep and had a nightmare starring The Miami Heat.

    • nfl25 - May 19, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      im not a bulls fan but that one ref was nuts. it was the same ref making bad calls. it started in the 2nd qaurter. and its not like they were bad both ways, they all went against the bulls. thats not why they lost though, the bulls need to make some free throws.

  5. heatmvp - May 19, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    need gimmics to fill the arena? the heat fired their entire season ticket sales team because all seats were sold the day after THE SIGNING!!

  6. southbeachtalent - May 19, 2011 at 8:48 AM


    Your one man band named “the Bulls” will get two wins if that, the Heat will crush your hopes and dreams. Did you waive bye-bye to home court?

    P.S is Gibson still raising the roof, loser.

    • chicago240 - May 19, 2011 at 11:12 AM

      That’s as arrogant as a Lebron 3 Point gloat to the heavens. You must be from Miami.

      • southbeachtalent - May 19, 2011 at 12:09 PM

        Is Taj from Miami? Cause everytime he scored he raised the roof!! Hahahahahaa

    • neeciekay - May 19, 2011 at 6:21 PM

      You sound like you been sitting in that hot sun too long!! “one-man-band”?? Really?? Don’t hate because our point guard is the youngest MVP in league history, and still has an arsenal behind him!! Like I said before, Heat won, good/lucky job on their part!! The CHICAGO BULLS STILL HAVE THE BEST RECORD IN THE LEAGUE, #1 SEED, COACH OF THE YEAR, AND MVP TO OUR CREDIT!! That’s not all done by one person! You guys kill me. . .I’m gonna say it one more time for the learning challenged: BUILT NOT BOUGHT!!! We got this, as predicted by every TRUE athelete in commentating! I don’t see any legends hangin out with the Miami Heat, hummmm, wonder why? NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE BIG 2 EXCEPT THE BIG 3!!! Go, wrap your small minds around that one. . .see ya in Miami, as Derrick and the boys take their “talents to Southbeach”!!

  7. bigdak - May 19, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Rose is no MVP, who the hell wants their point guard to shoot 25 shots a game????????????

    • purdueman - May 19, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      bigdummy… Rose HAD to take 25 shots because Boozer disappeared right after the pre-game introductions and Deng was cold as an ice box in the second half. Korver is too slow afoot to be able to have enough time to properly set up to shoot against this Heat’s team and that leaves nobody else who can actually put the ball through the hoop.

  8. miami4allday - May 19, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Simple solution to beating the bulls. When they run pick n roll trap hard and get the ball away from rose. no one else can CONSISTENTLY score on their own. Box out so that they dont score 31 points after they have already been stopped. and there you have it simple and plain. one man team

  9. negrodamus28 - May 19, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Negrodamus is proud of the Heat. Haslem is the Juwanna Mann to Bosh’s RuPaul.

    Negrodamus predicts Heats in 6

    • budrow - May 19, 2011 at 3:38 PM


      I love this guy! Always funny

  10. edweird0 - May 19, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    @bears1013 hahahaha CLEARLY you haven’t watched either of the two Super Bowls we’ve hosted in the past 5 years. Dude your inability to find a valid reason to justify your hatred is just plain pathetic. Get a life you loser and stop making excuses out the ass for why you think your team is better. We closed the game out and made you look like the inexperienced team that you are.

  11. thekingdave - May 19, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    I’ve had the privilege of catching sporting events in every city and it’s true.

    Miami=most apathetic fans in America

    • chicago240 - May 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM

      Their Jai Alai fans are rabid. Mainstream sports….not so much.

    • hnirobert3 - May 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM

      Absolutely true, and I was born and raised in Miami. It’s a party town and people don’t show up unless there’s a big event (playoffs, big regular season games) and even then we’re late. I’m happy to say I’ve never been late to a game but that’s because I have a military background and so did my father, so being 15-30 minutes early for just about anything is ingrained into me.

      HOWEVER, I will use this as a defense: our teams, other than the Dolphins, are all verrrrrrry young and haven’t built traditions like some of the other major cities have with their teams. I have friends who were also born and raised in Miami and root for teams like the Braves and Celtics because that’s who they and their parents rooted for in the 70’s and 80’s. Give us 50 years and hopefully we’ll be better. Hopefully.

      • southbeachtalent - May 19, 2011 at 12:07 PM

        Not to mention all the defectors from NY and the like…

      • purdueman - May 19, 2011 at 1:44 PM

        hniro… I get really tired of the Miami and LA fans who are constantly puffing up their chests about how their city is a “real party town”. The really funny thing about this is that many of those who are doing the bragging about their city being a “real party town” are those who rarely hit the night spots and bars there.

        As for those who do? You hit the nail on the head that these “night creature pretty people” who live out at the nightspots and bars in these cities are for the most part bandwagoner’s with few (if any), responsibilities and a lot of disposable income who are always looking for any excuse to “make the scene and be seen”.

  12. Milton Galfas - May 19, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    This was normal Eastern NBA basketball. They play “D” in the East so if you want the girlie ball of the West go buy a Kobe uniform. The only thing I saw was the ‘no blood no foul’ rule was broken when Wade got fouled so hard that they both were bleeding and there was a no call. The Bulls are like San Antonio… made for the season but not for the playoffs. How in the world is a 22 year old winning MVP against so many players with so much better stats? YOu mean that Rose is better then Novitski or Lebron or Dwight Howard? Rose can’t shoot. He just has to have the ball 60% of the time because the rest of his team is pretty lousy.

  13. philtration - May 19, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    The Heat fans will show up on Sunday.
    It is Lady GaGa black light poster night!

    • heat256 - May 19, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      Weren’t you at Oprah’s show taping begging to get an autograph?

      • southbeachtalent - May 19, 2011 at 12:11 PM

        Probably a member of her book club too…

    • philtration - May 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      No danger of you ever reading a book I’m sure.

  14. nard100 - May 19, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    They knew this strategy would work because Lebron had it used on him so many times in Cleveland. Stop Rose and the rest of the team won’t be able save you. I know people don’t like the way Lebron left Cleveland (me included), but it’s hard to challenge his logic for leaving.

  15. purdueman - May 19, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Granted, Rose had an off night last night, but it’s really unfair to write that the “bloom is off the Rose” (even if the writer gave himself a good backslap for his corny headline), simply because Rose isn’t a one man team and when the rest of his teammates disappear offensively we all saw what happens last night.

    Because Boozer once again disappeared last night (as he oftentimes does in big games), and Deng was ice cold in the second half, that allowed the Heat late in the 4th quarter to put James on Rose and dare the Bulls to find anyone else that could even hit the backboard, much the the rim (and no one else could).

    Bulls management is painfully aware that this offseason they need to find a legitimate perimeter shooting 2 guard. My bet is that FA to be Jamaal Crawford will be that guy (as there’s not much else out there this upcoming free agency).

    • philtration - May 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      The Bulls were really bad from long range and they can’t keep Korver out there if he is not going to hit those shots.
      They should have brought in Butler.

      I like the Bulls chances in this series.
      When they played well and the Heat played poorly the Bulls won by 21.
      When the Heat played well and the Bulls played poorly they still had the lead late in the 4th quarter.
      Miami had to give everything they had to beat a team that was missing shots all night.

  16. kyleortonsarm - May 19, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    It’s time to fire these journalists who are doing so awful at their jobs they can’t even unstick themselves from the retardedness that is combining the words “Rose” and “Bloom” in some capacity together. If you want to know why your business is going downhill, it’s because your originality has taken a monstrous nosedive in the last 20 years.

  17. Waxxx4321 - May 19, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    i admit i said the Heat/Bulls it would be an easy series..that has been proving wrong, but the Heat will prevail, and Win…i do think they will win both games in Miami..and Chicago might not get another game…would that still be considered an easy series..if The bulls only win one…?

    • purdueman - May 19, 2011 at 4:35 PM

      waxx… I think it would be fair to call it an easy series for the Heat IF they can now sweep Chicago in 5 games, but I just don’t think that’s going to happen. The Bulls last night clearly were completely caught flatfooted and totally unprepared for Haslem and the energy and minutes he brought to the game last night, but Coach Tibs won’t get caught with his team unprepared twice.

      Last nights game despite Haslem’s stellar performance was still very winnable for the Bulls, but they not only coughed up 10 gimme free throws, but by my non-scientific count they also missed 14 easy uncontested shots too. To listen to the media today you’d think that the Heat must have been up by 30 at some point in the second half.

      I chalk up last nights Bulls loss to “the curse of Oprah” (who ousted them from their own building for the two preceding days prior to game giving them no opportunity to practice on their own floor. No an excuse, but certainly I’m sure a factor. Bottom line? The Heat IMO didn’t beat the Bulls last night; Haslem did (and all I can do is tip my hat to him for doing so).

  18. king7key - May 19, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Rose is a one-man team.blah blah blah! When you say that its a compliment to Rose. Heat Fans this may be true but he’s not feline like Lebum & Co. (“I cant win a ring in clevland…so i’ll go play with wade and bosh”) He’s in the eastern conf. finals against your “dream team” series tied 1-1. By himself as yall put it. You get one win against the bulls(*1-4) and now you talk smack. Do the math! Lebum and Wade bad night lose by 20. Rose and entire supporting cast bad night and still a dogfight. Ask M. Vick. Bulls in 7 or less. Just be thankful Wade has made it this far without another knee injury. We all know he’s not far from one.

    *season and playoff

  19. philtration - May 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    I like how heat fans claim that Rose is not the real MVP and then say that the Bulls are a one man team in the same breath.

    Which is it?

    If the the Bulls are nothing but Derrick Rose and he has taken them to the conference finals all by himself then how do you even consider Lebron as the MVP of the league?

    • purdueman - May 19, 2011 at 5:59 PM

      phil…. LOL! You’re almost correct, but I need to make one minor correction to your post. That’s not the same breathe that those Heat fans are drawing, but a gust of hot wind coming out from the other side of their mouthes from the heinies!!!

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