Ankle Has Taken Rose ‘From MVP To Just A Real Good Player’

CHICAGO (WSCR) In the Chicago Bulls’ seven playoffs games, Derrick Rose has rolled his ankle twice. He’s been good in the playoffs so far, averaging 26.7 points per game, but he hasn’t been his usual self.

But is it the sprained ankle that’s limiting Rose or does Atlanta’s defense deserve some credit?

“I think it’s more of the ankle,” Mark Schanowski, of Comcast SportsNet, said on the Danny Mac Show. “Because when Derrick is 100% nobody can stop him. He’ll split double teams, he’ll rise up over taller defenders and still be able to score on the inside.”

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Rose hasn’t been nearly as explosive as he was prior to the sprained ankle, and that’s taken away a big element of his game.

“I think that’s the reason why he’s only shot six free throws in this series, he had zero in game one and six [Wednesday] night,” Schanowski said. “He’s trying to make the effort to get to the basket and draw contact and get to the free throw line, but I think the ankle is limiting him to the point where he’s almost forced to be a jump shooter. And when you take Derrick’s explosiveness away from him, you know, he goes from MVP to just a real good player.”

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  • Bill Figel

    It’s a mid-range jumper at that. I think Rose senses a real uncertainty in his lift for any long-range 3s, which is resulting in the inconsistencies. I bet he plays through it and it might improve the collective effort for the next 11 wins they need if other people get a nose for scoring.

  • Fast Ed

    At least he’s not racing for the sidelines like a certain Chicago quarterback. LOL

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