The NBA has become a guard driven league over the last couple of seasons. There are so many young point guards in the league today. Two of the most exciting, explosive and young point guards are Chicago Bulls‘ Derrick Rose and Cleveland Cavaliers‘ Kyrie Irving. This was the first time they ever competed against each other and there were some good moments.
Rose was very aggressive from the start, wanting to prove he is the better point guard. He did not shoot the ball particularly well, but he had one of his best games of the season. Rose finished with 16 points, seven assists and the big statistic of them all, zero turnovers. He led a balanced attack as the Bulls beat the Cavs, 96-81. Most of Rose’s damage came in the second half, when he went coast-to coast a few times, reminding fans he still can do that.
Irving’s night wasn’t so great. He struggled to find any rhythm and did not score his first points until late in the first half on free throws. His scored his first field goal late in the third quarter. He finished with 16 points on just 5-for-19 shooting, 4 assists and 3 turnovers. Rose was all over Irving making him word extremely hard on both ends of the floor.
Rose did suffer an injury on one of his fast break opportunities late in the fouth quarter. He was seen limping, which was reported as a minor hamstring pull. Hopefully that’s all the injury is, very minor because the Bulls cannot afford to lose him at all this season.
There will be plenty of Rose vs. Irving matchups to come. Rose got the best of Irving on this night and wanted to send a message to all the other point guards. The message was loud and clear; Rose is still one of the upper echelon players in the entire NBA.