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After torching opponents during the preseason with a tantalizing combination of blinding speed, improved strength and an insane change of pace, Derrick Rose has opened the 2013-14 season flat.
Through three games, Rose has simply been unable to find his stroke and is shooting 28.8 percent from the floor (26.7 percent from three).
And don't think Rose isn't aware of his struggles, according to Sam Smith of Bulls.com:
“I would have to say the turnovers,” Rose offered about the night’s most disappointing element, though there were many. “The missed shots I can deal with. My rhythm is going to come, but turnovers, I had like two or three of them in a row, which we couldn’t afford at that time.
“I would have to say I’m not playing well right now,” agreed Rose, whose comeback from knee surgery after missing all last season has been one of the big stories in the NBA. “I would blame tonight on me: Turnovers, missed shots, missed communication on defense. I just can’t wait to get in my groove. I can’t hang my head, I can’t beat myself up. I know I’ve worked too hard for that, so it’s going to come.”
Will Rose's troubles scoring the ball persist for much longer? Probably not. He's currently averaging 14.3 points, a number that should creep into the low to mid-20s once he finds his footing.
However, the big concern, as Rose alluded to, is that he's not taking care of the ball. Thus far, Rose is averaging 4.3 assists and a ghastly 5.7 turnovers.
Remember, this is a guy who sat out of competitive basketball for more than a calendar year, so it's going to take some time for his body to get acclimated to the wear and tear of an 82-game season again.