Posts Tagged ‘Derrick Rose’

Sixers Game 1: A Loss For Both Teams

April 29th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Sixers Game 1: A Loss For Both Teams | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

The Philadelphia 76ers dropped game 1 of the first round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls 103-91, but that wasn’t the only loss. Reigning MVP Derrick Rose tore his ACL on a drive to the basket late in 4th quarter today and is out for the rest of the playoffs. Rose finished with 23 points, 9 assists, and 9 rebounds; but should Rose have really been in the game with the Bulls up 12 with just 1:20 left to play? Some will argue that he was in because of a triple double in sight, however getting a triple double is not that important especially in Derrick’s circumstances. Rose missed 27 games this season due to injuries, and he was just finally starting to get healthy. The playoffs are a long and grueling stretch of games so why not rest your MVP and only superstar for the possible championship run. When asked why Rose was in the game at that point, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that “Philly was making a run”. Along with Roses’ 23 points, Rip Hamiliton had 19, and Luol Deng dropped 17 for the Bulls.

Elton Brand was one of the few bright spots for the Sixers today as he scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and blocked 4 shots. Jrue Holiday finished with 16 points, Thad Young had 13, and Chicago native Evan Turner finished the game with 12 points along with a lot of boo’s from the opposing crowd. Evan Turner is kind of a villain in Chicago right now after saying that the Bulls would be a better match-up for the Sixers considering that Miami is a “tougher team”. Turner and Rose already have a rivalry of their own dating back to their high school days, and that carried over into today’s game as well. Halfway through the 3rd quarter Turner and Boozer got tangled up after a foul, and Rose came and immediately started clapping in Turner’s face. There were multiple fouls called including a technical on Rose.

The Sixers just couldn’t sustain any momentum, every time they would close the gap to 5 or 6 the Bulls would come right back and stretch the lead out to 10 or 12 again. Everything seemed to be falling for Chicago as they hit timely shot after timely shot, including a dagger 3 pointer by former Sixer Kyle Korver late in the 3rd quarter after the Sixers cut a 16 point deficit to 8 and seemed to be making a big run. After that 3 pointer the game just seemed to never get back into reach.

If the Sixers are going to steal game 2 in Chicago, they are going to need better play from two of their top players. Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams had a combined 20 points on 4 of 17 shooting. The 3 point defense and offense will also have to improve. The Bulls shot 6-14 from 3, while the Sixers shot just 1-9 from down town.

This series has a different outlook on it now for sure with Derrick Rose out, but the Bulls weren’t the best team in the East for no reason either. They are a very deep team and have a lot of players who can score. The Sixers will need to do their best on both sides of the basketball if they want a shot of pulling off the upset in game 2 and the series. With that being said, I will surely take my chances with Derrick Rose on the sideline. Game 2 is Tuesday at 8 P.M. on TNT.


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As The Season Comes To An End, The Sixers Eye Their 2nd Straight Playoff Appearance

April 22nd, 2012 by Sam Shipley | 3 Comments | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Let's Go Sixers!

The Philadelphia 76ers have just four games left in the regular season, and despite the recent struggles they have the playoffs in their sight. They currently lead the 9th seed Milwaukee Bucks by three games and there is just four games to go for both teams, including a game against each other. The playoffs didn’t seem like a sure thing as it once did back in February as the Sixers really struggled over the last two months as their schedule began to get tougher.

They were faced with a very easy schedule in the beginning of the season by not facing many formidable opponents, but as the season went on they began to face playoff and championship caliber teams every night it seemed like. Because of their youth and lack of a true star, the Sixers really struggled in those games especially when the games were close at the end. They have a dismal record of 3-18 in games that are decided by 7 points or less, and this has been a struggle the team has this season and over the last couple of seasons.

With all that being said, the Sixers have fought through those struggles and are most likely gearing up for their 2nd playoff run in as many years. If they make the playoffs, they will most likely be the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference which would most likely pair them up with the Chicago Bulls. Most people would write the Sixers off automatically to get demolished in the series and not give them the slightest chance to win, but I believe that the Bulls are a much easier match-up for a team like the Sixers than the Miami Heat are.

The teams games this season alone would prove that, sure they are 1-2 against Chicago this season but that doesn’t really tell the entire story. Game 1 of this season series was really a dominant performance by the Sixers, they just controlled every aspect of the game and went on to win 98-82 which happened to be the 2nd game of that brutal 7 game stretch the Sixers faced earlier in the season. Their 2nd match-up was also a fantastic game. The Sixers fell short 96-91, but they were in the game the whole way and if it wasn’t for some unbelievable 4th quarter heroics by reigning MVP Derrick Rose the Sixers might have also come out of that game with a win as well.


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One More To Go

May 25th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on One More To Go | Filed in Basketball, General

Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals was tied with just over seven seconds left. The visiting Chicago Bulls had the ball with a chance to win the game. You knew that the MVP of the regular season Derrick Rose was going to take the last shot. The question was what kind of shot was he going to take?

Rose had shown his blazing speed throughout the game with prime examples being the fast break dunk and when he posterized Joel Anthony, both in the second quarter. However instead of trying to drive the lane he tried to get separation on Lebron James and shoot a fadeaway jumper from the high post. It clanked off of the rim and harmlessly fell to the floor, much like the Bulls did in the overtime session.

While Derrick Rose is the MVP of the league, the most valuable player in this series has been Lebron James. His versatility in this series has been unbelievable, whenever a big play is being made James is sure to be right in the mix and not just on the offensive end.

Two of the most overlooked aspects in James’s game are; his passing ability and his on ball defense. He has been the catalyst for many of the good looks that Chris Bosh and Mike Miller had in Game 4. He made Miller the focal point of the scoring in a key stretch of the fourth quarter. Not only is that having faith in the bench guys, but smart basketball because the Bulls were not putting any pressure on him. Miller finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds.

While Derrick Rose was clearly the best option to take the last shot for the Bulls, I did not like the way that he went about it. He has to understand that no matter how much separation he got from James, the size differential would make up for it. James’s 6’ 8” frame and 7’ wingspan is going to make up for the 4 feet that Rose got away from James. Rose should have used his speed to try and get to the basket, I understand that you can’t let an official decide a game, but he would have gotten a better look for his skill set and possibly a foul.


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Trouble in the Windy City

May 23rd, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Trouble in the Windy City | Filed in Basketball, General


For the Bulls Game 3 featured a lot of what ifs and what could have been. For the Heat Game 3 was a coming out party for Chris Bosh. After taking abuse from the media and his peers all season about his soft play, Bosh finally showed everyone why the nickname is the Big 3, not Batman and Robin. Also, once again Lebron James closed out the Bulls and showed why he is quickly becoming a tremendous scoring threat at the end of the game.

Bosh controlled the game at least on the offensive end for the heat for most of the game. After starting out the game 0-for-3, he poured in 12 out of his next 14 shots.

One of the reasons that Bosh was labeled soft throughout this season was due to his reliance on the jump shot from the high post. There were numerous times throughout the season where he would take more jump shots than Dwayne Wade. Bosh is very dangerous from the high post, but that was not what he was brought in to do.

As he struggled to find his role on the team the Heat also struggled to figure out how to manage their superstars and the rest of the team correctly. Coach Erik Spolstra was thrown under the bus for how the Heat managed games mostly on the offensive end.

The bus driver must have spotted Spolstra laying down on the road and gave him some advice because the way that the Heat handled the best defense in the playoffs on Sunday night was downright impressive. Bosh not only killed them from the high post, but he finally started driving the lane with authority, he is incredibly dangerous when he can be a cutter and it makes it that much more difficult to defend when you have Lebron hitting him with one pretty pass after another.


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The development of Derrick Rose

May 7th, 2011 by Brandon Pemberton | 2 Comments | Filed in Basketball, General, NBA, NCAA, Sixers

In just his 3rd season, Derrick Rose has become the league’s MVP and a top 3 player. How soon will he be lifting the NBA championship trophy?

By Brandon Pemberton

Last night I watched Derrick Rose scorch the Atlanta Hawks for 44 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds leading the Chicago Bulls to a 99-82 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In his 3rd season, Rose has become the league’s MVP, a legit superstar, and a top 3 player in the NBA. I remember when he was coming out of school, there were plenty of doubters and plenty thought Micheal Beasley would be the better pro.

I remember watching Derrick Rose play for the first time as a freshmen at Memphis and being impressed with his combo of size, speed, strength, and ability to finish in traffic while taking on contact. I thought after the first ten or so games that he is the top pro prospect in college, while others thought it was Micheal Beasley. I recall debating in barber shops and on facebook about who should go number one in the draft and people saying “well he can’t shoot” or he’s not a true point guard.


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