The Chicago Bulls undoubtedly are starting their 2013-14 NBA season with a lot of emotion as their star point guard and former league MVP Derrick Rose is fully recovered from his torn ACL and back in action with the team. That alone, no matter how he performs, gives the Bulls an emotional lift.
However, as the Bulls started off their season against the Miami Heat on Tuesday, the emotion surrounding Rose was hardly enough to give the Bulls a chance against an inspired group of defending champs. What also didn’t help matters was the fact that Rose wasn’t incredibly productive in his return to regular season action.
In 34 minutes in the season opener, Rose finished the night with only 12 points, four assists, one rebound and five turnovers while shooting an uninspiring 4-15 from the floor and 1-7 from beyond-the-arc. The good news was that the All-Star looked completely healthy and moved like his knee wasn’t bothering him at all, but there’s no question that he still has some rust to shake off that he couldn’t in the preseason.
As Chicago took the floor against the New York Knicks on Thursday night, the result was much better for the Bulls as they pulled out an 82-81 victory, but the results from Rose were disappointing once again.
In 34 minutes of time on the floor for the second game in a row, Rose finished the contest with 18 points, six boards, three assists and four turnovers. His production was a bit better, but his efficiency was still poor as he shot only 7-23 from the floor, but did shoot 2-5 from three-point range.
Rose isn’t necessarily pressing when he’s on the floor so far this season, but he also definitely doesn’t look like himself. It’s clear at this point that Rose still has to fully get his legs under him this season before he’s back to his full effectiveness. Playing with energy and defense should keep the Bulls afloat until that point, but the sooner that Rose gets back to full strength is certainly better for Chicago.