Jrue Holiday prepares for Bulls
Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday said Friday that the Chicago Bulls are "really different" without Derrick Rose, but Holiday doesn't expect another flat effort from the Bulls in Friday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
The Bulls lost 109-92 Tuesday in their first game since Rose tore his left ACL, evening the series.
"I think they're really different (without Rose)," Holiday said Friday on "Mike & Mike in the Morning" on ESPN Radio. "They don't have that scoring power that Derrick Rose brings to the game.
Mike and Mike in the Morning
76ers G Jrue Holiday talks about the NBA playoffs and how different the Bulls are without Derrick Rose.
"You know with Derrick Rose he's going to give you at least 15 (points) and eight or nine assists. They have two guards who will have to step up and do that. Derrick Rose is a big asset because so many people just key in on him which leaves a lot of people open for open shots."
"I think they have to be similar to us, strength in numbers, because I think they have weapons," Iguodala said. "But if they're all on the same page, they're tough to stop.
"When those bigs are setting those screens for their perimeter players, all their perimeter players, I feel like, are threats. Whether it's (Luol) Deng, or Kyle (Korver), or C.J. Watson, that's been playing well all year. If they get it going, it opens it up for their big men. They do a really good job of complementing each other, and for us we just have to try to take them out of that."
Rose, the reigning MVP, averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 assists this season.
Holiday, who scored a game-high 26 points in Game 2, said he could sense an emotional letdown in the Bulls.
"I think it was an emotional game for them. Emotional for all of Chicago," he said. "But you don't expect them to do that again. We expect them to come here and play for a win, so that's the way we have to play them. Play them the same way we did the last time."
Bulls guard Rip Hamilton believes the Bulls could use Rose's absence as motivation.
"Anytime you lose a player like him, what he meant to the city, the team, the organization, it's tough," Hamilton said. "It's always going to be tough, there's no hiding that. But we just got to figure out a way to win games, we got to take that and use that and say, 'You know what, he doesn't want anything else but for us to go out and try to be the team that we know that we are, and that's to go out and try to win a championship.' "
The Sixers shot 59 percent from the field in winning Game 2, and Holiday said that was partly because of their familiarity with the Bulls' defensive schemes.
"We started off really hot and started knocking down shots," Holiday said. "I think defensively for the Bulls, we kind of knew what they were going to do, their schemes, and we really got the shots that we wanted, really efficient shots. Shots that we practiced about a half million times in practice, and we knocked them down in the game."