DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose went just 12-for-32 from the field during the Atlanta Hawks' 100-88 victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday night, and even he admitted that he took more shots than he would have liked.
"It's definitely not a good number," he said after Monday's afternoon practice. "I was just missing shots. Just looking at all the film, I missed a ton of layups, layups that I normally [make]. And I was taking a whole bunch of shots, or a whole bunch of jump shots. Those are shots that I normally make.
"My confidence is still high. My teammates, they still trust in me and have confidence in me to take them shots, so I'm going to continue to."
His coach, Tom Thibodeau, shares that trust, even if announcers such as TNT's Charles Barkley thought Rose needed to get his teammates more involved. Rose had 10 assists to go with 34 points.
"Those are the shots that presented themselves," Thibodeau said Monday after watching tape of the game. "Most of them were very good shots. Some of them were [at] the end of the shot clock where he had to take them.
"I thought he had pretty good penetration and he missed some layups that he normally makes. He's attacking, he's getting into the restricted area and there's contact. Unfortunately, he didn't get the calls [Sunday]."
Rose didn't think he could have done much more to get the whistle from the officials.
"I think I was taking the ball extremely hard," he said. "I guess they [weren't] fouling me. That's all I could do is try to go in there and try to get fouled. Now, I just got to focus on really making a layup."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.