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Derrick Rose and his history of Game 3s.

May 21, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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Sunday will mark Derrick Rose‘s fifth Game 3 of his career. As it’s kind of a pivotal game, and considering he played like MVPoo last game (“Get it?Bbecause he’s the MVP! It’s a pun! A humorous play on words that isn’t actually humorous! Let’s move on.”), it’s pretty important that Rose show up against the Heat in Miami and help Chicago right the good ship “Thibodeau Doesn’t Actually Design Offense So It’s Pretty Much All On Rose, No Pressure.” So how has Rose performed in Game 3s in the past?

Rose has averaged 26.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.5 turnovers in the four Game 3s he’s played in. But as you can imagine with a sample size that low, there are outlier performances that drastically alter his averages.

So, yeah, that first playoff series vs. Boston, he did not have a stellar Game 3, and on the other end of the spectrum, his most recent Game 3 vs. Atlanta was the best playoff performance of his young career. Without the Boston game, his averages jump to 32.7 points per game, with 5.3 assists compared to just 2.3 turnovers. On the flip side, if you remove the Atlanta masterpiece, he averages just 21 points and 3.4 assist compared to 4.0 rebounds. In other words, before the Atlanta Game o’ Dominance, Rose hadn’t faired especially well in Game 3s, but if you look at his performance since Boston, Rose’s Game 3s have been stellar. I’m pretty sure this is what they’re talking about when they talk about lies, damn lies, and statistics.

What do Rose’s Game 3 performances tell us about Sunday? Basically nothing. He’s played James once and had his second best overall performance. Rose doesn’t seem to make an particular adjustments after two games, though the Indiana Game 3 should be discussed with consideration of the ankle injury he sustained. Rose’s performances are what you’d expect for a player of his skill and usage level. How he responds to the Heat is another matter altogether.

Of course, there is one more stat that should be mentioned here.

Rose is 3-1 all-time in Game 3s, and has not lost one since that unfortunate performance versus Boston in 2009.

  1. iDroidX - May 21, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    It doesnt matter how many points he scores. If he doesn’t get offensive help around him, the Bulls are done.

    • danj3678 - May 21, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      Your right that he needs help around him, but the rest of the team did their job in games 1 and 2. Rose shot 30% game 2 and they still only barely lost. I know they lost by 10, but the game was much closer than that. So if Rose can just shoot his average the Bulls can beat the Heat.

  2. thetooloftools - May 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Hi, this is LeBron James.
    I know this story isn’t about me, but I need to keep my name out there because it really is ALL about me

    • dirtyassfish - May 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      thetooloftools needs to tool himself with said tool!

    • scorp16 - May 21, 2011 at 6:12 PM

      Hi, this is thetooloftools,

      When I was younger, my daddy used to sneak into my room……..late at night……………..

  3. hughjazzandballs - May 21, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    I bet everyone who has left a comment that Da Bulls will win tomorrow. I bet each of you 20 bucks each. If they lose, I will personally give each one of you 30 cents. Thanks.

  4. giffordville - May 21, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    How can it be said that game two was closer than ten points? The Heat went without scoring for ten minutes straight in the second half, then James took over effortlessly. They proved they could beat the Bulls without a stellar performance by one of the Big Three. Rose is an amazing player, but he does not have enough offensive help to beat the Heat.

  5. randommofo - May 21, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    This article literally says nothing.

    The Bulls haven’t lost back to back games in the postseason. The Heat havn’t lost at home in this postseason. Does that mean anything?


  6. olsherm - May 21, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    what does Bbecause mean

    • philtration - May 21, 2011 at 8:54 PM

      It means he broke the rule and went full retard.

  7. randommofo - May 22, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Some info from ESPN Stats and Information:

    Expect a monster game from LeBron James on Sunday. It will be the 4th time in his career James will be playing in a Game 3 in which the series is tied 1-1. In his three previous games, James has averaged 40.0 PPG, the highest of anyone over the last 15 seasons. Dwyane Wade hasn’t been too shabby either, averaging over 32 PPG in four games.

  8. coltsfanindc - May 22, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    IF the Heat win the title, will someone put tooloftools on suicide watch? No, that’s not a joke, seriously! No grown man should be that obsessed w/ an athlete. Read all of his posts and tell me if I’m joking. Thats not normal. Robert DeNiro in The Fan type behavior.

    • pepesmith88 - May 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      Perhaps even more fanatical than “The Fan”.

      He has posted the same message on just about everything here. Stop drinking that Hatorade already.

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