Bernstein: Rose Could Use A Little Help

By Dan Bernstein–

Being the likely NBA Most Valuable Player is one thing. Proving it every night is another, especially when you shouldn’t have to.

The Bulls held a 22-point lead over the lowly Phoenix Suns late in the third quarter Tuesday night, and still needed Derrick Rose’s increasingly-expected heroics to bail them out after switching into cruise control, allowing the moderately-interested, out-of-shape Vince Carter to lead a comeback.

Just four days ago at the United Center, 36 points and ten assists were required from Rose to hold off a Raptors team that wasn’t kind enough to follow the script and surrender meekly. Toronto, which trailed by 13 in the first half and ten at the break, was down only four with 2:30 left. Rose’s ball-handling and passing out of traps set up several key, late scores, and he added his own, patented floater in the final minute.

That came two days after the wretched Pistons were allowed to hang around long enough to erase much of a 15-point deficit, pulling within three points three times in the game’s final 2:39. Rose, naturally, assisted on a bucket by Ronnie Brewer that gave the Bulls a six-point advantage with 30 seconds left, and then hit the two game-sealing free throws.

It’s exhilarating to watch all of this, sure, but ideally, Rose should not have to take over games against bums.

You call Superman when a runaway freight train loaded with explosives is bearing down on an orphanage – not when you locked your keys in the car. Spiderman is there for you if the Green Goblin is attacking a downtown parade on back-to-school Sunday, but he may roll his eyes at your request that he get that tennis ball out of the gutter on your garage. The Caped Crusader is not saving Gotham City from unlicensed food-truck operators selling double-chocolate whoopie-pies.

You get my drift.

Against the Celtics tonight, trying to lock up the top seed in the conference? By all means, lean on the kid. And once the playoffs start, let him do whatever he can, whenever he wants.

But not tomorrow at Cleveland, just as it should not have been in the last three.

Rose is too polite to actually say something like “Umm, guys? Any time you want to assert yourselves, that’d be fine. I’m happy to draw some attention if one of you wants to do your thing against these slobs.”

He certainly would not be begrudged, however, were he to do so. He has to be thinking it, even if he is proud of his escalating game, and fully willing to embrace the role of superstar closer.

Games against NBA dregs are perfect opportunities to simulate meaningful situations to come when postseason opponents try to take Rose away with blitzes and double-teams. Can Luol Deng create his own shot off the dribble, or get something going to the basket to grab a trip to the line? Will Carlos Boozer be the defense-balancing post option they paid for, using his polished moves to find a better shot than his recent selection of mid-range fadeaways?

Derrick Rose is becoming a great NBA player. He’s a cold, end-game killer.

Recent nights, unfortunately, have made a necessity out of what should be a luxury.

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Dan Bernstein

Dan Bernstein has been the co-host of “Boers and Bernstein” since 1999. He joined the station as a reporter/anchor in 1995. The Boers and Bernstein Show airs every weekday from 1PM to 6PM on The Score, 670AM. Read more of Bernstein’s blogs here. Follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.
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  • Larry Horse's Arse

    As yesterday proved, a day without Bernsie’s blog is like a day with sunshine.

    • bronzo

      Yes it was Larry…I missed out on some of the late afternoon Rock-n-roll talk Tuesday . I’ll be leaving work in a few hours as I will be attending the White Sox opener today.

      Big win yesterday…the bullpen has been less than stellar thus far. But WOW can they hit and score runs.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        That’s great….enjoy the Opener, bronzo.

      • Beverly Brewmaster

        Don’t worry, bronzo… I’ll leave Aerosmith alone today. ;-) At least you have a fellow Led Zeppelin fan in Mike Quade!

      • bronzo

        Thanks Bev…I would have liked to have had the conversation comparing coked out hair metal bands, to herione junkies who blow their brains out :) LOL

      • Beverly Brewmaster

        Actually, the irony is that in my opinion Aerosmith stopped being relevant when they cleaned up. Their old stuff was great, but once they got out of rehab they turned into parodies of themselves and started singing godawful pop ballads written by professional songwriters. “Dream On”? Awesome. “Cryin'”? Not so much… If there was one bright side to Cobain killing himself it’s that it meant Nirvana could never get to the point where they embarrass themselves (though Dave Grohl is well on his way towards that accomplishment on his own).

    • Chet Coppock

      I imagine a lot of work got done around the horse barn? No? *winks

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        Mostly worked on lengthening the time I can hold my urine…don’t want to get fined in the Magnificent Mile.

      • bronzo

        Boy Chet you really like to bust Larry’s balls whenever you can don’t you?….is it business or personal?

        Larry your comedic responses are priceless

  • Murphs Upper-Lip

    Pretty cloudy/foggy out right now… LHA may be on to something.

    • bronzo

      very much so Murph…I can’t see the street from 49 floors up in the Sears / Willis Tower.

  • Murphs Upper-Lip

    testing, 1, 2, 3 – just making sure the censors will let something through.

  • Murphs Upper-Lip

    f u c b s

    • Chet Coppock

      How about you group up Murph?

      • Chet Coppock

        “grow up”

  • crash corrigan

    BTW, sorry to leave the subject, but re: Cubs double-trouble pitcher injuries. Whoever heard of two pitchers going on DL as a result of back-to-back starts at the start of a season? Is it mere coincidence that both Cashner and Wells were part of a spring training competition to secure a job? Does new pitching coach Riggins know what he’s doing?

    • Denver Deadite

      It’s a ‘Cubbie occurrence’.


      I’m with you, crash corrigan.
      I wasn’t looking for pure baseball greatness from Cashner, because, well, he’s a young prospect.
      But, Wells has gone through the whole deal. Maybe there is a new disclosure policy in the clubhouse.
      Someone else has a sore thumb.

  • Man in the Cube

    That’s why I have been saying we need a “real” two guard, or someone who can take the pressure off of D-Rose.

    We better enjoy this show while he is still healthy and young. Players like this break down fast.

  • Murphs Upper-Lip

    I give up. CBS, you win, happy??? (Nice Hawks win.)

  • DaMaNaa


  • Scoopie

    Anyone going to be at Fatty’s in DeKalb tomorrow? That is Scoopie Country! (DeKalb sucks, I attend NIU though)

    • Peter (in Rogers Park)

      By DeKalb did you mean the town next to Sycamore or the seed company with the flying ear of corn logo?

  • Scoopie

    I should say “It is Scoopie Country.” Sorry, I haven’t earned my expensive piece of paper yet.

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    For those of us that stream online and didn’t want to have to be forced to listen to our awful locals yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised by the CBS feed of the Travis Rogers show. It almost sounded like a younger Bernstein… in fact their opinions were eerily similar – especially a “I don’t care if he’s not a good guy, I want greatness, and if that means being a Perkins skirt-chasing perv, so be it” discussion he conducted about Tiger Woods… and it took less than 5 minutes for him to sideswipe Jim Rome- I was watching my clock :)

    Maybe I’ll survive Sox day games after all this summer.

  • Jon, Montgomery

    is this bernsy’s earliest blog entry ever? 7:32am

    I’m going to the game today… Go White Sox!

  • Denver Deadite

    Ok, he hasn’t been good in net when he played, but this is just gold:

    Marty Turco bets fan during Blackhawks/Habs game, gets last laugh;_ylt=AhZ2Lsu9KnSDWtDm.hOBbUd7vLYF?urn=nhl-wp1867

    And it looks like the Blackhawks got a makeup call of sorts last night on the Hossa goal for the call against Toews that lead to the OT loss in the game before that.

    Man, NHL officiating sucks.

  • Likquid_Swordz

    Isn’t the topic of this blog old news? Everyone knows the kid is doing it by himself and needs help in the backcourt. Thats why people were clamoring for OJ Mayo.

    Coo….potentially horrific

    White Soo…they’ll come around. I still think they’ll at the very least win the pennant.

  • Likquid_Swordz

    Hoo…this doesnt look good at all

    • Beverly Brewmaster

      While it’s still a long-shot, if the Hawks can sneak into the 7 (or even 6) slot they could still do some damage in the playoffs. They’re third in the conference in goal differential, and that’s including the fact that the Hawks only managed a dismal nine goals over the seven games Sharp was out. The only Western Conference team that’s clearly better than the rest is Vancouver (and there’s a deranged part of me that thinks we could actually knock them out in a seven-game series given Luongo’s history against the Indian Head). But beyond that, I think the Hawks can very realistically beat any other team in the playoffs assuming Sharp is at (or near) 100%. I still think this team reminds me a lot of last year’s Red Wings or Flyers… Talented teams that got stuck behind the 8-ball thanks to a slow start and injuries.

      • SPAULDING!

        Well said,
        They play a lot better, when they are not hitting people in the face with their sticks.
        A much better game.
        I was on the ledge after the too many men on the ice last night (after, for all practical purposes a 5 on 2), but, boy did they entertain in the later segments.

        Detroit can play like the oldest team that has ever been assembled.

  • Larry

    Subject Change: The Lastings Millege Era has come to an end. Let’s all take a moment to reflect on our favorite Millege Moment. Mine came in the first inning yesterday.

    • Chris in Scottsdale

      If he were a rassler, the WWE would be releasing a 3-disc “Definitive Collection” available online next week.

      I haven’t seen Lastings Milledge play yet this year- did he ever give Steve Jeltz his hair back?

      • AT3374

        Bi Cracky


    Lastings Milledge, we hardly knew ye…After dropping a fly ball in yesterday’s White Sox error-filled 10-7 win over the Royals in Kansas City in 12, the Sox designated him for assignment and recalled reliever Jeff Gray in hopes of helping the Southsiders’ much-maligned bullpen before today’s home opener vs. the Rays here on The SCORE at 1:10p.

    As for the Bulls, as excited as I am to see them host the Celtics tonight on their favorite national cable channel TNT in a game that could move the Bulls a lot closer to claiming the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference and home court advantage, why do I have this feeling the folks in Bristol, CT and New York want no part of Derrick Rose’s Bulls come playoff time and that the four-letter, all-sports network and its alphabet, three-letter counterpart will continue to shove the Heat down our throat when the NBA Playoff schedule comes out after the Nets’ finale next Wednesday? I don’t know about you, but Bulls/Pacers in Round 1 of the Playoffs next weekend isn’t exactly “Must See TV” in ESPN/ABC’s opinion. I hope Bulls’ fans are ready for a lot of TNT and a lot more of Scottie Pippen trying to get a word in edgewise with Neil Funk & Stacey King on Comcast SportsNet come Round 1…

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  • meesohawnee

    Hilarious. So of the blog subject how many actual comments regarding another groundhog-day like bulls blog.
    should tell ya something dan. boooooooooooooooooring !! zzzzzzzzzzzz

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