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Rose growing as a closer

5/18/2011
Derrick Rose, at times, acts as a coach on the floor for the Bulls at the end of games. Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- After his MVP performance this season, plenty of people have proclaimed that Derrick Rose is now one of the best, if not the best, closers in the game. The 22-year-old is a bit more modest. He says he's still learning when to take over games, although his play may say otherwise.

"It just develops," he said after Tuesday's practice. "I remember I had my rookie and sophomore year just missing shots and hearing about it. You're going to go through that time. I'm still not that person where I can finish a game like that. I'm still learning how to, when to. But you just get used to being in those pressure situations and I love it right now, where if I miss it or if I hit it, I know that I have a lot of confidence to take that shot."

As for all the extra media attention that comes with an Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Miami Heat, Rose says he's adjusting to that as well.

"I'm definitely getting used to it," he said with a smile. "It comes with the territory. Just being able to talk, getting comfortable, so I'm coming along."

Stopping Bosh: The Bulls held LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to just 33 combined points in Game 1, but Chris Bosh had plenty of success scoring 30 of his own. Bulls center Joakim Noah knows he's got to do a better job slowing down Bosh in Game 2.

"We have to do a better job on him, me in particular," Noah said Monday. "He got a lot of easy baskets around the rim. Tip-ins when I was helping off of him. Chris is a helluva player, we just got to try to slow him down a little bit."

Tom Thibodeau never wants to see any player have a big game, but if you gave him the choice of either Bosh having a big game or James and Wade having one, he would take Bosh having one and picking up a win every time.

"It's not so much individually, it's going to be collectively," he said of limiting Bosh. "And because of the things that you have to do to try to commit to James and Wade, sometimes I didn't think we got back to him quick enough, but we got to do that. He's a tough cover because he can shoot, he can put it on the floor, he can post. So he can hurt you a lot of different ways."

The last word: "It's both. I think a lot of it has to do with our defense. We did a lot of stuff out there they didn't expect and I'm sure they're going to be ready for it in [Wednesday's] game. But they're a good team. I think a lot of it also has to do with the momentum. We had the momentum going our way, but our defense did take a lot away from them," -- Deng, on whether it was more his defense or Miami's lack of execution, that caused the Heat's offense to struggle so much at times in Game 1.