Rose Still Regaining His Confidence
For as much of a lift as (Derrick) Rose gave the Bulls, he still looked to be like a shell of his old self. The explosiveness that has become his trademark was missing, and he did not want to drive to the rim most of the night.
“I got to the lane a little bit during this game, but my confidence wasn’t that high driving the ball,” Rose admitted. “Hopefully in the next couple of days it’s going to get better, and you’ll see me back to my usual self driving to the hole trying to get fouled and putting a lot of pressure on the defense.”
Rose, who also acknowledged that he dealt with some ‘throbbing’ in the ankle, remains convinced he will be able to return to his old form soon.
“When the opportunity comes and I know that I’m totally healthy, I will,” he said. “But until then I’m just trying to make the game easy, doing whatever it takes to win this game. Today it was me passing the ball, getting guys open, putting them in situations where they can make a great play.”