Figuring a way to defend Chicago Bulls point Derrick Rose reminds Indiana coach Frank Vogel of his days as an assistant coach in Boston, when he helped come up with strategies for Philadelphia's Allen Iverson.
The Celtics and Sixers met in the first round of the 2002 playoffs, with Boston winning the five-game series 3-2.
"That's what this time of my life reminds me of, just studying Derrick Rose inside and out," Vogel said Wednesday. "I was up late last night watching as many games as I can on him. I know we're not going to stop him. I'm just loving this challenge. We were able to get out of that series with a win over Philadelphia and we're hoping to do the same here."
Vogel sprung some double-teaming traps on Rose in Game 2. He'll try other strategies the remainder of the series to attempt to contain the likely league MVP, who averaged 37.5 points over the first two games.
"We'll have different wrinkles every game and just try to keep him off-balance," Vogel said. "They've seen it all, but we want to keep showing them different looks."