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Video: Derrick Rose just abuses rim, Joel Anthony

May 25, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

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In the first half of Tuesday night’s Game 4, Derrick Rose attacked the rim as hard as he has all playoffs. Maybe all season. He was determined to break down the Heat’s defense.

One result of that was one of the best dunks of the playoffs — a monster throwdown where he weaves through the defense then just posterizes Joel Anthony.

As much as you see him do things like this, Rose’s explosive athleticism can still just be jaw dropping at times.

  1. Justin - May 25, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    I bet this made Joel pee his pants a little bit

  2. hnirobert3 - May 25, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    You win some and you lose some. Joel usually blocks those.

  3. philtration - May 25, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Should have kept going to the rim.
    Bosh picked up two quick fouls and the outside shots where there because of that but then they fell into this jump shooting game again.
    When the Bulls were forcing the issue they were out playing Miami and there was no reason to change what was working.

    • chasycabym - May 25, 2011 at 12:24 PM

      You are right, when the Bulls are forcing the issue they were out playing Miami, like they normally would do with any opponent. The problem is that Miami adapted… don’t forget that Miami has a great lineup at drawing offensive fouls… and this is exactly what happened. Did you notice how many offensive fouls the bulls committed? These become turnovers and extra points for the Heat. The way to minimize this liability is by not attacking the rim and settling for jump shots (Unfortunately, a decision had to be made because even though the Bulls attacking the rim did yield some positives like you described, unfortunately it was a mix bag: plenty of offensive fouls – please don’t say that it was bad officiating; and a higher possibility of Rose getting hurt considering that he is the Bulls’ #1 offensive option and the fact that he was being guarded by Lebron or Wade, plus plenty of big men in the lane). Every decision has consequences.

      The Heat deserve the credit; they have definitely stepped up in these playoffs, and this series in particular. They have been able to beat the Bulls in their own game. Plain and simple, the Heat have been able to execute defensively and offensively better than the Bulls … this does not mean that the Bulls are a bad team, they are very, very good, and this fact alone speaks of how far the Heat have come this season.

      • Waxxx4321 - May 25, 2011 at 3:11 PM

        but your always supposed to attack the rim or “penetrate, it draws defenses around, wears them down, you can pass, and create more opportunities for teammates and even yourself, if you draw a foul fine, but offensive fouls happen to, its just part of the game that comes with speed or movement..jump shots should only really be taken when its open or a good shot, or a last second shot ,or when a man is on fire….anyway Go Heat!

      • philtration - May 25, 2011 at 3:32 PM

        Yes, the Heat made adjustments but you have to keep the pressure on them.
        Wade has been tired the whole series and you have to keep your foot on their neck while you can.

        That is one problem this Bulls team has right now.
        They can dominate a really good team and then not put them away.
        They have to take this and learn from it and develop that killer instinct because the talent is there.
        Even if they lose this series (and it is looking that way right now) I feel good about this team for the next few years.

  4. chasycabym - May 25, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Philtration and Waxxx4321 … I completely agree with you guys, I think that another reason for the Bulls woes are a lack of consistent offensive production from the rest of the team (not named Rose). Yes penetration causes opportunities by drawing defenders and opening other teammates, but I think that there might be some “trust issues” between players at this point.
    In the Heat’s case, yes the Bulls are doing a terrific job with Wade, but then you have Bosh who has stepped up offensively in this series ( two 30+ point games in this series alone), and then you also have Lebron as another offensive option… this fact is what has limited the Bulls success in containing the Heat at the end of the games.
    At the end, I also feel very very good about the Bulls, (just like I do about the Heat) in the next few years, but I think they have to make an acquisition or 2, and give them sometime to settle in. Besides, Rose is very young and has plenty of time to grow and become an even greater player… Just think how good he is going to be after a few more seasons!!

    Btw, just in case, my two favorite teams are the Heat and the Bulls, but overall I’m not a “join the bandwagon” kind of fan … I just enjoy good basketball … that being said … I can’t wait for this Heat team to realize their potential, and for the Bulls team to fully realize their potential (through some roster changes in both sides) and for them to meet again 2 or 3 seasons (if not sooner) at the Conference Finals … that would be an Epic series, IMHO.

    • philtration - May 25, 2011 at 10:37 PM

      A lot of people forget that the Bulls added a lot of new players this year, a new head coach and had some key injuries to deal with so they only started to gel as a team after the all-star break.

      Next year they should all be on the same page, Rose is coming into his own (he is only 22), players like Asik and Gibson will play a bigger role and they can add the shooting guard that is missing right now via the draft or free agency.
      Good things are ahead for them.

      These are the two teams that will rule the East for the next few years.

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