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.
Last week wasn’t much of a success for the Chicago Bulls. They went 2-2, which isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s not up to par with what the Bulls should be capable of. It’s not like it’s much of a surprise, though: The Bulls’ season has been defined by its consistency so far.
Along with that, there haven’t been many players worthy of being “Player of the Week” besides the Bulls’ starting backcourt of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler. This time, Rose came out on top.
In four games last week, Rose led the Bulls in points with 22.0 points per game to best Butler’s 21.8. He scored in double figures in all four games and shot efficiently at 44.4 percent from the field. What’s even better, though, is the fact Rose didn’t settle for 3-pointers — he only attempted 2.3 3-pointers last week and also shot 44.4 percent on those shots.
Jan. 18: 111-101 win at Detroit Pistons
Rose helped the Bulls greatly in attaining one of their two wins from last week. He was the second-leading scorer in the Bulls’ victory with 20 points on 9-for-17 from the field in 27 minutes, trailing only Pau Gasol‘s 31 points.
Jan. 20: 125-94 loss versus Golden State Warriors
The Bulls seemed doomed before this game had even begun, but Rose wanted to change that. He was quite aggressive from the start, exploding for 10 points on 5-for-6 from the field in his first six minutes of play before heading to the bench. By the end of the quarter, the Bulls managed to score two more points after Rose left for the bench.
Jan. 22: 110-101 loss at Boston Celtics
This game very much so lacked a team effort, as Rose was one of the lone Bulls who really contributed during the game. He was one of two Bulls to score over 20 points in the game — the other being Butler — and one of three to score in double figures. So, basically, he helped make the loss against the Celtics look like less of a disaster.
Jan. 23: 96-83 win at Cleveland Cavaliers
Statistically speaking, Rose had his worst game of the week Saturday at Cleveland: He only scored 12 points, going 5-of-21 shooting in 35 minutes, but it looks worse than it actually was.
Yes, he struggled to score, but he played very aggressive in the game. Rose constantly drove to the basket and just couldn’t get the ball to go in off his driving layups. The fact he didn’t start settling for outside shots as a result was a good sign, and, in the end, he didn’t need to put up big scoring numbers, as other players stepped up.
Jimmy Butler was the Bulls’ second-leading scorer last week with an average of 21.8 points per game. To put it simply, he maintained his status as the Bulls’ go-to guy, scoring 20-plus points in three of four games last week.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.