Updated: October 19, 2010, 12:03 PM ET

Rose Getting Comfortable In Crunch Time

By Nick Friedell

When the Bulls didn't land LeBron James and Dwyane Wade this summer, there were plenty of people who wondered if the team would be able to contend without a player who could close out games or hit a big shot when the Bulls needed it most. As I've been trying to tell people all summer, the Bulls already have that guy in place: His name is Derrick Rose. The 22-year-old All-Star point guard is getting better and better in those crucial situations at the end of games, as evidenced by his game-tying 3 with 1.6 seconds left in Friday's overtime loss to the Mavericks. Rose is playing with more confidence and swagger than at any other point in his young career. He wants to take and make those shots at the end of games. And that's an extremely good sign for Thibodeau and the Bulls, despite the fact that Rose missed another game-tying 3 late in overtime.

When asked if he was starting to feel even more confident in the pressure situations, he just smiled and nodded.

"Yeah," he said. "Especially just getting it all out of my system, like I said, if you leave me open, I'm shooting. No matter what. No matter how I'm dribbling, whatever, I'm shooting the ball. Just getting used to [late-game situations] you grow as a player, and I can feel myself growing."

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