Raging Bulls: Can Boston Avoid Being Caught In Rose's Thorns?

AlbatrossContributor IApril 28, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 23: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls sets up in a defensive stance against the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 23, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Celtics defeated the Bulls 107-86. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


Thus far, the Boston Celtics have had every opportunity to make their series with the Chicago Bulls a quick one.  Which is most likely why, even though being tied at two games a piece, the Celtics don't feel the need to panic, especially given that tonight's game 5 is at home.  

But, is the Celtics swagger about to come undone?  After all, we are talking about a Chicago Bulls franchise that had never defeated the Celtics in the playoffs, and that includes a 63 point performance by his air'ness-Michael Jordan.  

Combine that with the fact that after a couple of sub par showings following his electrifying game 1 performance, Rookie of the year Derrick Rose showed signs in game 4 that he is indeed up for the playoff challenge.  

The bad news for Boston is that by letting this series stretch to this point, they've given a young Chicago Bulls team, that is full of raw talent a chance to congeal, and find itself.  

The key for the Bulls is obviously for Rose to be aggressive with the ball, and avoid turnovers.  If the Celtics can't keep the rookie of the year from scoring in the paint, i don't care how pumped up the Boston faithful will be at home tonight, they may just find themselves at the hands of a blowout the likes of which they themselves handed the Bulls last week.

The emergance of Derrick Rose in Chicago is giving hope to Bull's fans world wide who've been clamoring for another superstar in the windy city, and what better way to have a breakout performance as the leagues newest superstar than by taking a closer look at Rose's amazing opening round game.  Maybe that's what Rose himself should do, after all with a supporting cast that can pull their own wait when asked to do so, it is ultimately up to Rose to fully accept, and believe in the caliber of player he is.  

Perhaps by doing so, Derrick Rose can use his swagger to both elevate, and lead his team not only past the Celtics, but deeper, and much farther into the playoffs than anyone would have dreamed.