Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Rose not second-guessing late pass
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- With his team down by two and the clock winding down under the 30-second mark, Derrick Rose raced down the floor and the 21,755 people at the United Center figured he would do what he had always done. That Rose would come all the way down the court and make a basket to tie the game or give the Chicago Bulls the lead.
Derrick Rose only had two of his 24 points in the fourth quarter against the Pacers.
But when the Indiana Pacers defense collapsed on Rose, he passed the ball. Many people in the stands had to be shocked when he did that, but what came next is sure to have the city of Chicago talking well into Thursday. Rose, the reigning MVP of the league, passed the ball to Brian Scalabrine?
Scalabrine, who was wide open in the corner, missed the shot and the Bulls ended up losing the game, 95-90. After it was over, nobody in the Bulls' locker room was blaming Rose for his decision to pass the ball to the crowd favorite, who rarely plays in crunch time.
"We were looking for Derrick in the open floor and he made the right play," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "The defensive help was there. They collapsed on Derrick and Scalabrine was wide open in the corner for a 3. It is a make-or-miss league and he missed."
Scalabrine had come into the game as a defensive substitution for Bulls forward Carlos Boozer. But when David West missed a shot, Rose decided to run the ball up the court as fast as he could. He didn't seem to have any second thoughts about his decision.
"Trusting my teammate," Rose explained. "I think it was a good shot. At the time, I thought I didn't have a shot. And I think I made the right play. But if anything, I'm going to learn from it. We're going to learn from it as a team. We're not going to try and put ourselves in this position anymore. And put teams away early."
Scalabrine was clearly upset after missing the shot and left the locker room with speaking to reporters. But his teammates had no issue with his shot selection, or Rose's decision to give him the shot.
"D. Rose is D. Rose," Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer said. "He makes plays for himself, he makes plays for others. It shows his unselfishness that he made a play. A guy was wide open in the corner, [Rose] could have took a shot with a guy on him or passed the ball to a wide-open person. He passed the ball to a wide-open person who had a great shot, who works on that shot every day. It's a good shot, unfortunately it didn't go in for him."
The last word: "The score tells it all. They came out and played hard. They were the aggressor. And that was the story of the night." -- Rose