Each week, one Bulls player will be selected as The Bulls Charge’s “Player of the Week.” The selections will be based off the player’s performance during the previous week. Readers’ views and suggestions are taken into consideration when choosing the player, but the editor ultimately makes the decision.
Derrick Rose has been playing more and more like the vintage Derrick Rose that Bulls fans came to love and that the league recognized as its Most Valuable Player.
Dec. 21: 105-102 loss versus Brooklyn Nets
The loss to the Nets was Rose’s worst game of the week — Rose put up eight points on 3-for-11 shooting and committed three turnovers — but it was also the Bulls’ worst game considering it should have been an easy bounce-back win. All in all, there wasn’t much good to take out of this game for any Bull considering the outcome.
Despite that, Rose managed to put up his best assists and steals numbers for the week in that game.
Dec. 25: 105-96 win at Oklahoma City Thunder
Rose played aggressively on Christmas Day getting to the charity stripe six times — the most of all his games last week. Not only that, but he didn’t settle for jump shots: Rose took eight of his total 18 field goal attempts outside of the paint.
Rose has proved he can knock down mid-range jumpers and has often settled for 3-pointers this season, but, ultimately, the Bulls need him to attack the rim, making this win over the Thunder one of his better games.
On the defensive end, he helped hold Russell Westbrook to 9-for-23 shooting. That, however, didn’t stop Westbrook from scoring a game-high 26 points, but Rose certainly forced him to work harder for his shots and hurt his percentage.
The only really negative thing that came from Rose’s performance on Christmas was that he tied Pau Gasol with a team-high four turnovers.
December 26: 118-111 loss at Dallas Mavericks
Rose has yet to be the game’s leading scorer so far this season, but he came awfully close to it in Saturday’s loss to the Mavericks.
With 12-of-20 from the field, Rose had his most efficient shooting night of the season (in which he attempted at least 10 field goals). What makes his performance even more impressive is the fact it came on the second game of a back-to-back.
He, again, played aggressively, making sure to drive to the basket, but Rose had a good offensive rhythm Saturday night. Rose scored off a nice mix of driving layups and mid-range shots. It was also his most complete game of the week, as he added five rebounds and four assists to go along with his team-high 25 points.
Taj Gibson scored in double figures for three-straight games for the first time this regular season during last week’s stretch of games. He also earned his second double-double of the season against the Oklahoma City Thunder with 13 points and 10 rebounds. In the other two games, though, Gibson also had a legitimate chance of posting double-doubles, but came up just short.
Gibson has improved his performance ever since he was put into the starting lineup earlier this December, but last week was his best work of the season so far.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.