Derrick Rose looked equal parts annoyed and amused as he sat as his locker being questioned about his shooting woes for nearly 15 minutes.
The point guard finished the Tuesday night’s 96-82 loss to the Brooklyn Nets missing 13 of his 15 attempts from the field, one night after shooting 5-for-20 in a win over the Indiana Pacers. Rose has also missed 11 of the 12 3-pointers he has taken in the past two games.
Regardless of his woeful shooting, Rose remained undeterred in his approach to shake out of his slump.
“There’s only one way to get out — keep shooting,” Rose said. “My teammates have a lot of confidence in me when I shoot. That’s why I kept shooting. We were looking for someone to take a charge and it didn’t happen.
Rose couldn’t help but let out a laugh when one reporter told him after the small press conference, “We’re really worried about your game, Derrick.” Nor could he help but shoot a member of the Bulls’ pr staff a “Come on, now” look when he was told to don’t let the questions about his shooting affect his play.
Even with the annoyance of having his shooting dissected, it has to be nice to have the attention on his game instead of his health.
Yes, Rose is shooting his lowest percentage (27.4) from three-point range since his rookie year average of 22.2 percent. What makes it worse is he’s averaging 5.4 attempts per game, which is also a career-high. That number is likely to remain the same as defenses are daring him to beat them with the outside shot.
“My confidence to shoot is there,” Rose said. “All of them were on target. They’re just not falling. I’m not going to stop shooting. If they go under (screens), I’m going to shoot the shot. I work on it enough. I just haven’t seen them go in yet.
“I can shoot good enough to make them play honest. I just haven’t seen it these last couple games.”
Coach Tom Thibodeau said that Rose’s increased outside shooting wasn’t really a concern, but did note that what sets up better outside shots come from when the team is attacking the paint and playing inside out.
“People going under on the pick-and-roll, and so the most important thing is, is it the right play? Does he have the proper balance? And is he shooting the ball well?” Thibodeau said. “And I think when you measure it that way, there are going to be some bumps.”
Rose’s said that if teams keep playing him the way they are that there will be a lot of 40-point games on the way. Given how streaky he can be from outside, one can see that happen, once he establishes some semblance of a rhythm. To do that, he has find himself some easy baskets, which is only tougher with teams packing the paint to deter him and Jimmy Butler from getting to the rim.
In good shooting performances and bad, I’m sure I speak for all Chicago fans when I say that they would rather have Rose shooting his way out of a slump than collecting DNP’s.