Bulls’ Rose Admits to Poor Performance
It may not be time to panic after Saturday’s 107-104 Bulls’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
But is it a quarter to time?
“I don’t think he’s playing poorly,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said about Derrick Rose, who had the basketball game equivalent of a bad cheese steak, or just a cheese steak, with 13 points on four of 14 shooting and eight turnovers, three in the last three minutes. “I think our team is playing poorly right now. We have to straighten that out. When things are going well, they go well together. When things aren’t going well, we do that as a team, too. We have some issues that we have to correct. We just have to work our way through it.”
“I would have to say the turnovers,” Rose offered about the night’s most disappointing element, though there were many. “The missed shots I can deal with. My rhythm is going to come, but turnovers, I had like two or three of them in a row, which we couldn’t afford at that time.
“I would have to say I’m not playing well right now,” agreed Rose, whose comeback from knee surgery after missing all last season has been one of the big stories in the NBA. “I would blame tonight on me: Turnovers, missed shots, missed communication on defense. I just can’t wait to get in my groove. I can’t hang my head, I can’t beat myself up. I know I’ve worked too hard for that, so it’s going to come.”