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Derrick Rose Needs Help Against The Miami Heat

Submitted by on May 23, 2011 – 8:59 am3 Comments

It’s got to be difficult to be Derrick Rose right now.

The 22-year-old MVP is staring at a 2-1 deficit in the Conference Finals against the Chicago Bulls and is desperately trying to figure out what they can fix to even the series when they play the Miami Heat again on Tuesday. It’s a tall task to ask your young star to try and figure it out all by himself. It’s even more difficult when you have the Miami Heat’s big three staring at you from across the court knowing you are the Bulls’ lone scoring threat.

And that’s exactly where the Bulls have a serious void right now: another scoring threat.

By nature, Derrick Rose shouldn’t be your #1 option when running the offense. He’s the point guard who just so happens to have a penchant for putting the ball through the hoop. But when the Heat double Rose off the pick and roll or collapse in the lane when #1 drives to the hoop, it would be nice to know that there’s someone else other than Keith Bogans to kick the ball out to.

No disrespect Keith, but what Derrick Rose needs right about now is an athletic second guard who can create his own shot while taking some pressure off of the young star. Quite frankly, Keith Bogans and Ronnie Brewer are not it. A Joe Johnson or Jason Richardson type would be nice. But alas, this is the one hole the Bulls were unable to fill during the off-season. And against these determined Miami Heat, it’s beginning to show more and more as the games go on.

No, it’s not over for the Bulls. They still have enough size and defense to challenge the Heat. It’s just painfully obvious that Rose needs a wingman now more than ever. Bogans and Brewer scored a combined eight points on Sunday night in game three, thirteen points in game two and eleven in game one. Those stats aren’t winning any type of awards. If the Bulls keep this up, we might just see the Bulls tossed out of the playoffs like Jazz on The Fresh Prince.

Against just about any other team in the league, the Bulls would be fine without a solid shooting guard, but in a seven-game set against the Heat, who love to fill it up, the Bulls cannot solely rely on Rose to give them the offensive boost. And as long as the Heat are able to frustrate Rose, the NBA Finals are looking more and more like they’ll have to go through South Beach.

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