Oh HoopSpeak, Beckley Mason and Ethan Sherwood Strauss wonder if the Bulls should diversify their offense to get more players involved. There's a team offensive efficiency question there, to which I'd add another about Rose's ability to sustain this effort level through the many jumps, falls, bumps and fouls of a long playoff run:
Beckley: I wonder if a team can sustain a winning offense when it is so completely built around the ability of one player. Not because predictability is a liability, but because the Bulls, or any team, for that matter, must have all five players feeling invested and responsible for the team’s success. I suppose you’d cite the 2006 Heat as a counterexample?
Ethan: Sure, 2006 it is. And it’s a counter that stymies, frustratingly so. I’d like to rip how Chicago’s halting ball movement in favor of Derrick’s foul shot trawling. It’s not pleasant to watch and it goes against my basketball morals. But, the formula was effective back then, and this Bulls team is better than that 06’ Heat squad.
Chicago’s playoff offensive efficiency is almost exactly what it was during the regular season, so the strategy hasn’t exactly hurt. I still find Rose’s ball dominance a bit troubling because its degree is shocking. Derrick Rose posted a gargantuan 44.9% usage rate in Game 2, meaning: The basketball now smells like Derrick Rose and will till after the lockout.
Beckley: Gross. And creepy.
Ethan: I know! It’s like, stop going after that ball like a stalker ex-girlfriend.
Beckley: I meant your “smells like Derrick Rose” comment.
Ethan: Oh. Fair. Anyway, what are your feelings on Rose-centrism going forward?
Beckley: I love that Rose is willing to take full responsibility for his team’s offense, but I have a philosophical aversion to this style of play. Tonight the Pacers basically announced that they feared no Boozer, no Deng, no Noah, by trapping Rose as soon as he crossed half court. Rose had more charges than made layups, and only attempted a handful of field goals around the rim, after taking 11 such shots in Game 3. Without his mighty dribble drives, Rose was like He-Man without the power.
Then, Rose turned the corner, figuratively and literally, and gashed the Pacer’s pick and roll defense for his only made lay up of the night. Good timing, it put the Bulls ahead for good with just seventeen seconds remaining.