CHICAGO (WSCR) Derrick Rose is expected to receive the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award within a few days. The third-year point guard averaged 25 points per game in the regular season, and an even more impressive 27.6 PPG in the playoffs.
Atlanta point guard, and former Bull, Kirk Hinrich will miss the first game of this series with a hamstring injury. And that will make the Hawks’ chances at stopping Rose more than difficult.
“Well they have no shot,” Mark Schanowski, of Comcast SportsNet, said on the Danny Mac Show. “Derrick Rose is as dominant of an offensive player as we have in the league right now. And if they want to go with Jeff Teague against him, he’s a smaller guard that has no chance to stop Derrick physically. [Jamal] Crawford can’t play defense. Joe Johnson is considered an above average defender, but he’s also 6’7” and a two-guard, he’s not quick enough to handle Derrick.
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“So they’re going to be in a lot of trouble. I don’t know if they’re going to try and junk it up like Indiana did, but they do have length at the forward position with Josh Smith. So maybe they try to run that double team as soon as Derrick crosses half-court with Josh Smith involved, that could cause some problems.”
In their first round series, the Bulls struggled to find consistent offensive production. In their second round series, the struggles, if there are any, could come on the other end of the court.
“I think the Bulls can get what they want [offensively] against Atlanta,” Schanowski said. “I think the bigger issues are going to be on the defensive end.”