Derrick Rose: Top 5 Games from Chicago Bulls Star's 2010-2011 MVP Season
With injuries having slowed Rose for the better part of the last two seasons, fans have been forced to wonder when the young All-Star will make his return.
While no one knows the answer to that question, what we do know is that Rose has already compiled some moments that fans will not soon forget.
That said, here is a quick chronological look back at some of the most memorable games from Rose’s 2010-2011 MVP campaign.
Note: The criteria that was taken into consideration in compiling this list included games in which Rose scored at least 25 points, recorded five rebounds and/or five assists, with a shooting percentage of at least 50 percent.
5. Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Dec. 18, 2010
Rose led the Bulls with 34 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds.
Unfortunately for Rose, he missed the second of two free-throws late in regulation, enabling the Clippers to escape with an 100-99 victory.
Per ESPN, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro had this to say about Rose’s late-game miscue:
You never want to see that. Derrick is a tough kid. He's made so many and he'll make so many more in his career—free throws, big shots. The game should have never come down to that.
With the loss, the Bulls dropped to 16-9 on the season and saw their seven-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt.
4. Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers: Jan. 14, 2011
Following a disappointing 96-91 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, Rose and the Bulls were determined to keep their focus against the up-and-coming Indiana Pacers.
Rose scored 29 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out five assists, while shooting an efficient 11-of-21 from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Per ESPN, Rose had to this to say following the game:
I couldn't wait to play ... We let that one slip because of our defense. Tonight, we made sure that we played with a lot of intensity at the beginning of the game and made sure that we played defense.
With the victory, the Bulls improved to 26-13, marking the first of three consecutive wins.
3. Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Feb. 2, 2011
After missing a game-tying free throw against the Clippers in the previous meeting between these two clubs, Rose made certain the outcome of this contest would not come down to the last possession.
Attacking early and often, Rose scored 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting, while handing out 11 assists and grabbing three rebounds.
Per ESPN, The Bulls point guard had this to say about his outing against the Clippers:
They beat us the last time, and I wanted some revenge. It was because of me that we lost that game, and that really hurt me. If anything, it made me stronger as a player. So I just wanted to come out here and play aggressive and try to take control of the game early.
With the victory, the Bulls improved to 34-14 on the season and extended their winning streak to six games.
2. Chicago Bulls vs. San Antonio Spurs: Feb. 17, 2011
Against a Spurs team that boasted the best record in the league, Rose scored a then-career-high 42 points (including 13 in the fourth quarter) on 18-of-28 shooting from the field to go along with eight rebounds and five assists.
Per ESPN, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had this to say about Rose’s performance after the game: "What's great about him is that he seems to love the pressure. He loves putting the team on his back so to speak."
With the win, the Bulls improved to 38-16, which was significant because the team had only won 41 games in the two previous seasons.
1. Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks: May 6, 2011
With the second-round playoff series tied at 1-1, the Bulls needed a win in order to reclaim home-court advantage against the Hawks, and Rose answered the call to say the least.
From the opening tip, Rose stamped his imprint on the game, scoring 44 points (16-of-27 from the field) to go along with seven assists and five rebounds.
Per ESPN, Jeff Teague, who had the unenviable task of guarding Rose for most of the game, had this to say about Rose’s dominating performance: "He's tough to cover anyway. But when his jump shot is falling, he's the MVP."
The Bulls eventually eliminated the Hawks in six games and returned to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since the team’s last title run in 1998.