NBA Playoffs 2011: Blame for Series Loss Will Fall on Derrick Rose's Shoulders

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Blame for Series Loss Will Fall on Derrick Rose's Shoulders
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The most valuable player is supposed to lead his team to victory despite any situation. He is supposed to be the best player on the court at all times, intimidate the other team, make everyone around him better and make wise decisions.

So where has Derrick Rose been this series? An 8-for-27 shooting performance is less than spectacular; less than acceptable. The Bulls have been in position to take control of the game in the last three contests and have failed each and every time. Is it the lack of experience that we all talked too much about before this post-season began? Or are Derrick Rose and his Chicago Bulls just not good enough?

Following Game 4, Rose commented on how LeBron can guard him "easily." That's something that shouldn't come out of an MVP's mouth. Nobody should be able to guard the league's most valuable player easily. I don't care if it's LeBron James or Shawn Bradley, nobody should easily guard a man with that kind of award.

Whether or not Rose is "easily" guarded, he should still be able to put the Bulls on his back. Thus far in this series, Rose is shooting a whopping 36 percent from the field to go along with 15 turnovers; seven of them coming in Game 4.

Nonetheless, despite poor shooting and offensive possessions, the Bulls had a shot down the stretch in Game 4. Unfortunately, Rose missed the first of two free throws in crunch time, with the second getting a shooter's roll. With the game tied, Rose tried breaking down James in an isolation play. James didn't flinch, and Rose attempted a hopeless air ball over his head.

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With the intense minutes that Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, and Keith Bogans played, overtime had no hope. The Bulls were worn down beyond belief, and the Heat ran away with the game and the series. Can the Bulls win three in a row? It's very unlikely, but there is always bull-lief.

In all likelihood, this series is gone for Chicago. They will be considered at least one year and one shooting guard away. This year just wasn't Chicago's time, yet. And with the loss will come someone to blame.

To quote the Spider Man movies, "with great power comes great responsibility." Rose received great power with the MVP honors and a team in the Eastern Conference Finals, but the electric young guard couldn't quite handle the pressure and take his team a step further. Although there is an argument that the blame should go elsewhere, it's definitely going to fall on the MVP's shoulders.

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