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Rose's worst game of year dooms Bulls

2/6/2011

OAKLAND, Calif. -- With 16 seconds left to play, Derrick Rose just looked up at the sky and shook his head.

Even he couldn't believe how poorly he was playing.

The Chicago Bulls' All-Star point guard suffered through his worst game of the year Saturday night as the Golden State Warriors snapped the Bulls’ six-game winning streak and figured out a way to slow down Rose, who turned the ball over a career-high nine times.

When Rose finally took a look at the box score in a frustrated Bulls’ post-game locker room, he crumpled it up and threw it on the floor.

"We were just out of sync," he said. "The way that they doubled was kind of weird. Where they had three people on one side, making sure that when I come off the pick two people were on me. If I made the little slip pass somebody was sticking Carlos [Boozer] and it was just tough. A tough night, but we'll get used to it and I know Coach is going to go over it the next time we have shoot around or practice. It was just something we've never seen before I guess."

The Warriors routinely doubled Rose, daring someone else to beat them. The difference was that the doubling looked different to Rose and his teammates and no one else could step up and fill the gap that the star point guard so often maintains for his team.

"They tried to get the ball out of his hands which is a smart thing, because once he has the ball other teams are in trouble," Boozer said. "We got to do a better job of, when he does pass it, make the right play afterwards. Do some different things. We brought C.J. [Watson] in to try and move D to the two a little bit, get him the ball in different areas. But we're not going to knock what they did, they did a good job and we got to get better at what we do."

In coach Tom Thibodeau's mind, his team didn't come into the game the way he would have liked and it was never able to gain the type of control it has over most average teams. That was evident in the amount of turnovers (16) that the Bulls committed.

"I thought our turnovers came from over-dribbling, dribbling into a crowd," Thibodeau said. "They were collapsing on dribble penetration. When we made the simple plays and just hit the open man, that's how we scored effectively. I thought we scored the ball in the first three quarters and then in the fourth quarter we struggled scoring. Usually your turnovers end up being a result of either risky passes or too much one-on-one; it usually falls into one of those categories."

Rose doesn't believe his frustration over this game will linger, but it does underscore the fact that the Bulls need him to play at a very high level every night to win. When he doesn't, games like Saturday's are possible.

"I just got to get used to it," Rose said of the new defensive looks. "It was weird. Where I couldn't get a feel for the game because they didn't let me. Where I couldn't split. When I dragged it out they were coming out with me. Every pick and roll they trapped and I guess that's what I got to get used to."