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Video: Derrick Rose with game-winning dagger against Bucks

Mar 8, 2012, 12:12 AM EDT

How do you stop that?

What you see above is Derrick Rose with the wicked crossover on Brandon Jennings to create space then the step-back jumper to give Chicago a 106-104 win. The Bucks decided not to trap Rose and make him pass the ball — make any other Bull beat them but the reigning MVP — and they paid the price.

That is the voice of Stacy King providing the slightly over the top reaction. Okay, maybe not slightly. But you can bet he was screaming incoherently for a lot of other Bulls fans doing the same thing after that shot.

There has been a lot of talk about whether a team needs a “closer” at the end of games and whether teams use too much isolation with their star players on final possessions rather than running sets that get a good look. I agree, I think there is too many iso sets. I think a play design that forces a defense to cover several options is a superior choice. But you see shots like the one above and you realize why coaches do what they do — when you have a Derrick Rose on your team, you trust him to make the decision and take the shot. (The Bucks should have trapped him and made it a tougher decision, but that’s another discussion.) He’s your best player, better to live and die with him then a decision of a lesser player under pressure. And when you see plays like this the logic is hard to argue in certain cases.

  1. losangelasbasketball - Mar 8, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    wouldn’t have happened without scalabrini…

  2. gmsingh - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    And here we have a lesson in what a MVP is supposed to do. But I’m sure those game winning shots from LeBron will be coming any day now, right Kurt?

    • andre504 - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:12 AM

      That is funny because when Lebron guarded Rose last year in the Eastern Conference Championship Rose was not the same player, basically he got owned…. By the way many great players have passed the ball in late in the game IE: Jordan and most recently Deron Williams.

  3. philtration - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Any game the Bulls play in Milwaukee is pretty much another home game.
    You can tell by the crowd reaction at the game winner that 75% of the fans made the 90 mile trip from Chicago.

    I love having Derrick Rose in town.

  4. abasketballthing - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    That’s not so hard to stop. If you double Rose when there are 3 seconds left, you’ll make it pretty hard on him, because, unlike LeBron he’ll doubt before passing the ball. He is inclined to shoot in those situations, even if there is an open teammate. If he shoots, he’ll miss, and if he passes, there might not be enough time for Deng to shoot the ball properly.

  5. drunkenjunk - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Yea, but Rose doesn’t dance at the all-star game so obviously something is wrong with him.

    • philtration - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Yes… it is called being a man.

  6. hwatt - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    ha, gotta love the Stacey King commentary, cracks me up every game

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