Derrick Rose and Bulls run by Spurs
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is pretty good, and he showed why last night.
The NBA’s reigning MVP led his team to a 96-89 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday night on the road, scoring 29 points on 10-23 shooting with 4 assists.
What was also impressive in this game though was the defense of the Bulls, hustling and bustling their way to close out defenders and get a hand up on shots, fighting through screens, staying low and moving their feet side to side. It is truly something special to see.
“Down the stretch Chicago showed why they’ve won all those games,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told the media after the game. “They made shots and were real solid defensively.”
The defense they play is what allows them to be almost just as good when Rose is not in the game, whether he is hurt or simply taking a break on the bench.
Their offense can seem to struggle a little bit when he is out though, and even when he is on the court he is the only real one-on-one threat on the floor usually, and that brings up concerns for the playoffs, when he might not be able to do it all by himself.
But offense wins games and defense wins championships, so if they continue to play defense like this on everyone that they play, then the offense they currently conjure up will be enough for them to continue to win games.
The Spurs were led by guard Gary Neal, who, with points in the fourth quarter, helped the Spurs give one last push before the Bulls sealed it with a couple late threes by forward Luol Deng. Point guard Tony Parker chipped in with 11 points and 9 assists.
The Bulls now continue their winning ways when they look for their 5th straight Friday at home versus the Cleveland Cavaliers, while San Antonio looks to get back on track playing at home against the Charlotte Bobcats.