“I got a lot of open shots,” Derrick Rose said. “It seemed like they were giving me the shots. I was open. I had to take them.”
While, it’s true most scouting reports may want defender’s to concede the jump shot to Rose, if he starts hitting from long range like he did in Saturday nights 98-84 win over the Philadelphia 76ers (24-46).
Rose went 9-16 from the field, a good shooting night for any point guard, but what was more impressive was his 4-6 from behind the three-point line. He would finish with 23 points and 5 assists in 37 minutes of play.
I’ve watched him several of times this season practice from shooting long range during his pre-game routine and while it’s great to see him transfer that over into a game, it’s another headache to deal with for opposing coaches and players.
It’s not like Sixers are stopping anybody from doing what they want to these days,but it was still an impressive performance for someone who has missed four straight games with a left wrist injury and only had 6 three-pointers made this season coming into the game.
Joakim Noah also made his return in limited minutes, scoring 7 points, pulling down 4 boards in 9 minutes of play.
The Bulls (32-37) got great ball movement and assisted on 29 of their 36 field goals made.
Kirk Hinrich led the game with 11 and finished with 17 points, while Brad Miller chipped in with 16 of his own.
The win gets the team back into the win column and erases a 10-game losing streak.
With Rose back and Noah working his way back into form, the Bulls could play their way into the eighth seed, which would mean a series with the league best Cleveland Cavaliers and that would just be fine with Rose.
“Hopefully, we can get the eighth spot,” said Rose after the 92-85 loss to the Cavs on Friday. “We can play them every game.”
The Bulls next game is against the Houston Rockets (36-32) on Monday. The last time the two teams met was on Jan. 23. The Bulls would win 104-97 behind a huge 25 point game from Miller.
The Rockets will be playing the second game of a back-to-back after beating the New York Knicks 116-112 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.