Blame Derrick Rose? Are you nuts?
That's blasphemy in Chicago.
Rose is struggling, but that is only because the entire Chicago Bulls team can't hit a jump shot.
If Rose does drive, he's swarmed; otherwise, the Heat just need to rebound whatever brick he, Luol Deng, Kyle Korver, Keith Bogans, Taj Gibson or Ronnie Brewer put up. In the post, the Heat need to just swat whatever soft layup Carlos Boozer uses or laugh while watching him fade away or Joakim Noah fly wildly to the net.
In Game 1, the Bulls shot 43 percent from the field and 47 percent from the three-point line, which led to dunks and layups down low. Rose had a team-high 28 points and no one was complaining.
In Game 2, the Bulls shot 34 percent from the field and 15 percent from beyond the arc. In Game 3, the Bulls shot 41 percent from the field and 41 percent from three and in Game 4, the Bulls shot 40 percent from the field and 25 percent from three.
Now fans are supposed to blame Rose? Granted, he isn't playing well, but no Bull is and his struggles are in most cases not solely his fault.
What it comes down to is Rose and Deng are gassed. Neither has played a season this long in their careers and throw in the fact that both had to play a regular season missing one of two starters for most of it in Boozer and Noah.
Perhaps chasing down the No. 1 seed was not the path to go. Although I do believe as a young, inexperienced team the Bulls needed home-court advantage, unfortunately, it could be what costs them.
Who is supposed to step up when Rose and Deng show some tired legs, having carried the load this entire season? Carlos Boozer and his $14.4 million he's making this season.
But, Boozer unfortunately forgets he's 6'9", 266 pounds.
Boozer's likes include fadeaway jumpers in the post, defensive three-second violations, bullying smaller players Kevin Garnett-style, putting up floating layups, yelling so people watching at home can hear exactly what he says and screaming after dunks he did nothing to earn.
Boozer's dislikes include playing defense and contact of any kind.
Chris Bosh picked up his fifth foul with 4:09 left in the fourth quarter of Game 4. He never fouled out in regulation or in overtime and the Bulls didn't even attempt to foul him out.
What does it say that the Bulls didn't go at Bosh with Boozer? It says even a guy with five fouls and 30-less pounds can stop Boozer.
With no post presence and jump shots not falling, literally all the Heat have to do is wait for Rose to try to enter the lane and make him wish he never did.
So what if Rose keeps getting to the lane and getting knocked around after playing the longest season of his career?
Well, then you stick LeBron James on him; James, who is the size of Boozer, but plays like a guard.
Have fun, Derrick.
In the end, it's hard to blame any one thing for the Bulls' possible fall in the Eastern Conference finals.
Rose and Deng are tired. Boozer is as soft as people said. Noah, who has also never made it this far in a NBA season, is either still hurt or tired as well. The Bulls bench can't score.
The Heat are, really, really good, which is scary because this was with Udonis Haslem hurt all season and Mike Miller never showing up. Imagine next season...
Refs seem to forget that Rose won the MVP.
Dwyane Wade, James and Bosh enjoy embracing one another, smiling, staring, showing off their mouth guards and sticking their tongues out so much, they decided to join forces to make the basketball world hate them.
Who cares who is taking the final shot in the fourth quarter for the Heat when no one is hitting any shots in the fourth quarter for the Bulls?
Whatever the reason, Rose is not solely it. Blaming one player for an entire series (yes, that includes blaming LeBron in Cleveland) is disgraceful to the game of basketball.
Rose got the Bulls further than anyone could have imagined. Unfortunately, in doing so, he simply ran out of gas.
Next year, the Bulls either need to go green and save on gas or find Rose some help.
I hear Dwight Howard is sending out his resume...