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 played in all three games last week after sitting out three games with right hamstring tendinitis. And not only did he play well, but he was very consistent, too.
In 26.1 minutes, Rose averaged 16.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and six assists while shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 60 percent on threes. He was also the Bulls’ leading scorer in two of the three games.
March 1: 129-111 loss at Miami Heat
This wasn’t a pretty game for the Bulls, but one sort of bright spot in the loss is that it didn’t come as a result of relying on one or a few players. In fact, seven of the 12 Bulls who played in last Tuesday scored in double figures.
Rose still came out on top for Chicago, as his 17 points just beat out Aaron Brooks‘s 16 points off the bench. Only four of his 11 shot attempts came from outside the paint — one of which was just outside the lane — so Rose wasted no time getting back to being aggressive on offense. He also went to the free throw line seven times, tying Taj Gibson for a team high.
March 2: 102-89 loss at Orlando Magic
Several Bulls hovered around double digits for points, but Rose was one of three to actually achieve the feat. His 16 points and six assists were team-highs.
Other than that, though, there isn’t much more to take from Rose’s game considering the Bulls, as a whole, performed poorly yet again.
March 5: 108-100 win versus Houston Rockets
In the Bulls’ only win from last week, Rose just missed a double-double, posting 17 points and nine assists, a game-high. He didn’t have the best performance of all his team, but, as aforementioned, he solidified his consistency. And, with 6-for-10 shooting, Rose had the best shooting percentage on his team.
Mike Dunleavy is still getting back into the groove of things, but he hasn’t shown many signs of struggling lately. Last week, Dunleavy averaged 10 points, four rebounds and three assists in 26.8 minutes while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 54.5 percent on 3-pointers.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.