Derrick Rose first game recap (final)
INDIANAPOLIS -- For anyone who missed it, or wants to relive it, here’s a detailed account of Derrick Rose’s return to NBA action on Saturday against Indiana.
--Bulls fans were plentiful at Bankers Life Arena, but not a majority. The atmosphere was nothing like Game 4 of the 2011 playoffs, when Bulls fans made up at least 67 percent of the crowd. Also, plenty of empty seats or the
--Rose was introduced second, after Jimmy Butler, which seemed to catch the Bulls fans by surprise. The cheer was delayed slightly.
--Bulls fans explode the first time Rose touches the ball on offense. Maybe there are more Bulls fans here than I thought.
--The first Bulls’ bucket is a Nazr Mohammed layin off a baseline drive by Luol Deng. Second basket was also Mohammed (baseline jumper) from Deng, then Deng was fouled on a fast break.
--Rose’s first bucket comes at the 8:47 mark of first quarter. He went right at 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert, missed the shot in the lane, but grabbed the rebound on the opposite side of the basket and followed it in.
--Rose’s second shot is a floater in the lane, uncontested from about 10 feet -- bounces off the back rim.
--At 7:17, he draws first foul trying to take charge from Lance Stephenson on the fast break. Not a great effort by Derrick on that one. The Pacers’ superfan section chants, “He’s a flopper.”
--Rose’s first assist is a pass to Deng for a layup at the 5:58 mark.
--Rose drive the left side of the lane on a break and gets hit on the wrist by David West. As the ball sails out of bounds and Rose asks for a foul, the referee says blocked shot and Bulls ball out of bounds. Some things never change.
--Rose checks out at the 4:58 mark of the first quarter and takes a seat between the injured Joakim Noah and veteran point guard Mike James. Later, he moves to the floor in front of the press table. Rose’s first stint lasts 7:02, and he goes 1-for-4 from the field with an assist, rebound and foul.
--Rose slowly pulls himself off the floor and walks to the scorer’s table to check in at the 8:31 mark of the second quarter. A scheduled time out delays Return No. 2.
--Maybe the first Derrick being Derrick moment arrives at the 7:45 mark when Rose catches a fast-break pass from Kirk Hinrich, and double pumps as he lays it in.
--Turnover – bad pass near midcourt stolen by rookie Solomon Hill and converted into layup.
--Turnover No. 2 – pass out of bounds.
--Rose’s first steal arrives when he picks pocket of George Hill, takes off down the floor and is foul. While some fans chant, “MVP,” Rose misses both free throws off the front rim. Taj Gibson grabs the offensive rebound, but Rose can’t control a pass while cutting down the lane and loses it out of bounds for turnover No. 3.
--On the next possession, the Pacers miss a shot, Rose gets a quick outlet pass from Carlos Boozer and turns on the jets, finishing a layup under David West with a foul. This time, Rose hits the free throw and completes a 3-point play.
--Next trip, Rose flashes more speed on the break, blows by West and finishes the layup.
--Another floater, this time from the baseline, bounces off the back rim.
--Rose leads the break and dishes to a wide-open Deng, who buries a 3-pointer to put the Bulls ahead 39-33 with 3:13 left in the second quarter.
--He curls around a screen and confidently rises for an 18-foot jumper, no good.
--Another turnover, loses control on a drive to the lane and the ball ends up in Hibbert’s grasp.
--Next trip, Rose decides to take on Hibbert and gets fouled. Local fans boo, looking for Frank Vogel’s principal of “We can hit a guy as hard as we want as long as we’re vertical.” But Hibbert is not vertical, his right arm clearly comes down on Rose. Good call. Rose hit both free throws, up to 11 points.
--Rose and Jimmy Butler hustle downcourt to deflect a long pass and then draw a foul on Lance Stephenson. Butler gets the steal and hits 1 of 2 at the line.
--On the last possession of the half, Rose tries to take on more Pacers big men, but his high-arching bank shot is short. The half ends with the Bulls up 44-41. Rose has 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting, 3-of-5 free throws, 2 assists, a steal and 4 turnovers. Deng leads the team with 13 points.
--Rose misses a long jumper with the shot clock running down after he picks up a loose ball.
--Finally, the first dunk. Rose gets a steal by picking up a loose ball at halfcourt and rushes in for an easy two-hand slam at the 9:29 mark.
--Rose picks up his third assist, on a Deng jumper at the 7:45 mark, then leaves the game with 7:07 left in the quarter.
--The Bulls fall apart as soon as Rose leaves the game, with the starters plus Hinrich allowing a 14-0 run. This has been an entertaining game by preseason opener standards, but the scrubs are going to dominate the fourth quarter.
--Assuming Rose doesn’t come back, his final line is just over 20 minutes played, 13 points, 5-for-12 field goals, 3-for-5 free throws, 3 assists, 4 turnovers, 2 offensive rebounds, 2 steals, 1 foul. According to nba.com, his plus-minus is a plus-1.