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Chicago Bulls: Where is Derrick Rose?

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Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Derrick Rose played one of the best game this season against Memphis Grizzlies.

He scored 19 points with 5 assists, but without 3 pointers (0-3 from downtown). Chicago Bulls won their fourth straight game, downing Memphis, 98-85, at the United Center.

In the last 12 games, he scored only once more than 20 points. That is not enough because we expect better plays and better stats from former MVP.

I know that Jimmy Butler is now the best player in the Bulls, but Rose should have better games because he is the only player alongside Jimmy Butler who can score outside, if we are talking about backcourts.

Derrick Rose: All About Stats?

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Photo Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Take a look about Derrick Rose statistics this season and facts about his game. I hope so that he will play better after a win against Memphis Grizzlies.

  • This season, he has only 13.1 pts per game and that's his lowest average season ever. Also, he has only 69,8% FT. Bismack Biyombo has 67.2% FT.
  • Derrick Rose makes only 22.0 % 3-pt FG per game. Ricky Rubio has 26.5 % and Corey Brewer has 28.8 %.
  • Did he score only 6 points against Philadelphia 76ers with only 3 FG for 26 minutes? Yes, that is a fact.

From the wings position, he has only 7/30. And if we take a look - he scored only 11 three pointers so far, after 21 games. Last year, he had 1.5 three-point FG per game.

Photo Source: NBA.com

Photo Source: NBA.com

Chicago Bulls have a problem and that problem is Derrick Rose. I think that team is suffering because of him. That is a true, and I didn't tell you that Derrick Rose should leave Chicago. Should they think about the trade? I don't think so.

Derrick Rose will make a success. He has a great attitude. I believe in him, because after two injuries he is here again and he will play better when is most important in the NBA Playoffs for Chicago Bulls.

Chicago Bulls: We Believe in Him

Thanks to 19 points from Rose, including setting the tone with a 10-point first quarter, the Bulls won their fourth straight game, downing Memphis, 98-85, at the United Center.

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Not that Fred Hoiberg was surprised.

“He was great,’’ the coach said of Rose. “You could tell on the first possession that he had pop, he had explosiveness. I saw it in shootaround [Wednesday] morning. I actually sent him a message at about 1 o’clock this afternoon, and just told him how much I loved his energy in shoot-around, loved his pop. He sent me back some message that said, ‘I’m going to have a great game tonight.’

“It was fun to see. You could see the explosiveness. He was getting into the paint, he was finishing. He just set the tone for our team with his aggressive drives to the basket.’’

Yes, we believe in him because he is a hard worker. He knows how to fail, because if he knows how to fail he knows how to succeed.

Chicago is his town. And Chicago stands for him in every moment of his career. He was the MVP and he has only 13.1 pts per game but, stats is just for analytics, he has desire and fire and he will prove that in the NBA Playoffs.

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Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The fact is that Derrick Rose played better against best defenders in the game.

When D-Rose is better than his opponents, the Bulls have 5-0. When D-Rose lost matchups, Bulls have 5-5.

Against M. Conley, he scored 19 points and Conley has only 6 points with 3-14 from the fields.

Chris Paul has only 12 points against Derrick Rose, and in that game D-Rose has 11 points, but he is average is 13.1 pts so that was not a disaster.

But, Isaiah Thomas beat D-Rose with 20 points and Reggie Jackson scored 22 pts against him.

Interesting, Westbrook had only 20 points vs. Derrick Rose. Maybe, D-Rose is better in the defense than in the offense?

Think about that.

We'll be watching Derrick Rose and we hope so that he will be better in the next couple of months.

My predictions is that he will scores 3 +20 points in Jaunary. Do you want to take a bet?