“When I was in the room I felt like they understood where I was coming from”, Rose said of Knicks management. Kyle O’Quinn registered a double-double and Joakim Noah beat his former team in a 12-point, 15-rebound performance.
Perimeter shooting? It continued to stink. What about from the rest of the field?
On Wednesday, amazingly, they did it again. The Bulls took their first lead, 36-34, thanks to a pair of free throws from Paul Zipser with 5:54 left in the second quarter. But perhaps worst of all was that the Bulls lost the battle of the boards on both ends of the court.
The Knicks abandoned their own rebuilding process this summer to bring in Rose and a cast of veterans to complement Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.
The Knicks’ disorganization on offense and constant lapses on defense-New York ranks 25 in defensive efficiency-will not magically disappear with just one win. If the Bulls have trouble out-performing any given team in the one area they’ve traditionally dominated in this season, it’s going to be hard for them to find success against anyone.
Knicks fans voice their discontent with Derrick Rose’s no-show: Derrick Rose was present and accounted for Thursday at the Garden for the Knicks’ first home game since the point guard went AWOL earlier this week.
Anthony is now averaging 22.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.9 3-point field goals made in 33.4 minutes per game. I would hope one incident wouldn’t change their minds. “And he killed us last night”. Before you call Porzingis a fraud who shrinks in big moments like games against the Philadelphia 76ers, look to his team.
Wild Card: What’s the Plan for Zipser? The last two losses had been particularly painful. When he’s play-making like this, he’s a whole other level of unsafe.
LONDON Nikola Jokic had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Denver emphatically ended a five-game losing streak by beating IN in the NBAs Global Games series at O2 Arena. So the question is, when Rose asks for the max deal, will he try to stay in NY for the long term? And then the public address announcer got to the final name in the starting lineup – Derrick Rose – and the boos grew louder than for any other player. “I guess he was trying to do the best thing for me”.
One wonders if the numbness Rose had to arm himself with-which one would think served him well to get through the unsafe pitfalls of growing up in Chicago-has come back to haunt him in a way nobody could imagine. Cheese got 30 minutes of playing time, and responded with a career-high 19 points. On this night, the Knicks plan could not get the best of the Sixers’ process.