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Let's begin with the obvious: Derrick Rose can create his own shot.
If there was a video detailing how to break down defenses using dribble penetration, Rose would be hosting his own highlights.
He's capable of slicing between a Bruce Bowen and Gary Payton double-team like a surgical scalpel through butter.
But what happens when the defending MVP is sidelined?
The offensive execution, at times, is equivalent to a fish out of water.
Rose's backups, John Lucas III and C.J. Watson, have had their fair share of peaking moments throughout the season.
Watson, who has started half of his 40 games played, has complained about his lack of playing time in the past—this may have planted the seeds of his reputation for forcing shots. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Watson struggled while shooting 12-for-44 paired with 15 turnovers in the Bulls' five-game stretch heading into Boston.
John Lucas III emits enough energy to power United Center himself. An injured Derrick Rose even witnessed the 29-year-old lead Chicago to a win over its Eastern rival Miami on March 14. However, even the vast majority of Bulls fans wouldn't expect Lucas to replicate his 9-for-12 shooting performance against the Heat—especially in a playoff atmosphere.
Derrick Rose not only creates his own shot, he provides opportunities for his teammates. Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer are inconsistent when fed the ball with their back against the basket.
However, the duo excels in cleaning up the boards after Rose's lightning-quick penetration forces the defense to collapse.
March, a month in which Derrick Rose was regularly spectating, was the first instance of Chicago not averaging double-digit offensive rebounds this season.