“I’m just trying to make people fear me on the court.”
That’s what Derrick Rose said after he scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half of Saturday night’s win over the Wizards. Rose added 8 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot to his statistical haul, outplaying rookie John Wall (16 points, 6 assists, 3 steals).
Of course, Wall sprained his left foot during the third quarter. I’m sure he can’t wait for a rematch.
As for Rose, he’s currently averaging 23.6 PPG and 9.5 APG. If people aren’t fearing him already, they should be.
The same goes for Joakim Noah. Against the Wiz, Noah grabbed 9 rebounds, earned 12 free throws (hitting nine of ’em) and scored 21 points. For some perspective, Jo never reached 20 points in either of his first two seasons. Last season, he scored 20 or more points three times. He’s now scored 20 or more twice this season, including a career-high 26 against the Celtics.
And get this: He’s averaging 16.5 PPG on 53 percent shooting to go with 13.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 2.0 BPG and 1.1 SPG. His Player Efficiency Rating is 21.0. He has an Offensive Rating of 119 and a Defensive Rating of 99.
Those are some fearsome numbers.
Anyway, I was happy the Bulls put down the Wizards. Beginning the circus road trip with a loss would have been really demoralizing. Now they have a little momentum…and they’re going to need it.
That said, I wasn’t totally happy with how they played. Their shooting wasn’t terribly efficient (44 percent), they couldn’t figure out what to do with Gilbert Arenas (30 points, 11-for-22, 7-for-10 from downtown) and they gave up 38 points in the fourth quarter.
That’s not going to get the job done against some of the teams they’re going to be facing in the next couple weeks. I’m just sayin’.