So Derrick Rose officially has an issue with the Indiana Pacers. Took him long enough. You know that team that gave him everything they had in the playoffs, led for the majority of most of their playoff series, and simply didn't have the leadership/experience to close out those games? Yeah, they got leadership, they got confidence, and they beat the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
Rose doesn't like it when teams celebrate after a victory.
Let me ask the question to Derrick Rose: "Have you ever gone after a goal and succeeded? Have you ever reached for something and fell short, and then gone after it harder and succeeded?"
I would find it hard to believe if he were to answer "No."
We all know he has. And we all know he celebrated after he finally accomplished his goal.
That's all the Pacers did on Wednesday.
The Pacers, have been punked by the Bulls for months. While the Pacers have gotten "better" and more "respectable", the Bulls have just won and been favored in any playoff prediction.
The Pacers get credit for "playing hard" against the Bulls in the playoffs. They didn't even win two games in the playoff series. They won one game, and get credit for trying to win.
The Bulls get credit for being one of the top two teams in the East, and it's a foregone conclusion that the Bulls will win the East, or begrudgingly be the two seed.
My question is "Is beating this team not a reason to celebrate?" Is it any question that beating the Bulls is important to the Indiana Pacers? Derrick Rose tells reporters after the game that :
"I'll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game," Rose told reporters. "I can't wait to play them again."
Here's the truth behind everything Rose: the Pacers cant wait to play you either, and they look forward to celebrating again.
Only now, they know their in your head. Most teams celebrate after they beat the Bulls, becasue most teams are not afforded the opportunity. While certainly most don't do it on the court directly following the game, when you play the MVP, when you play the "best team in the East", you get up for that game, and you celebrate after you win.
Not for the Pacers though, they are getting too close to the Bulls. Rose thinks the Pacers victory didn't warrant a celebration.
If it takes the Pacers celebrating to make Rose "look forward to the next game" then so be it. Here is the reality though: the Pacers are looking forward to the next game just as much. And they think they can win now.
Good luck to the Bulls in getting their redemption.