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Derrick Rose says his back is “killing” him

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Such is the weight of the world on Atlas.

Or the weight of the Bulls franchise on Derrick Rose. He has had to carry the full weight of the Bulls return to near the top of the league this season as first Carlos Boozer and now Joakim Noah has been out, and that strain seems finally to have caught up with him.

When asked postgame how it would feel being off until Friday he responded (in a video from

“My back is killing me right now. We’ve got time to rest, get treatment, and hopefully it will heal by the time we play Friday.”

Rose is averaging 38 minutes per game this season and when he is on the court 31.6 percent of his team’s possessions end in one of his plays (a basket, assist, turnover of Rose’s). That is the fifth highest percentage in the league, hanging out with Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron and Wade in Miami. The league’s elite stars.

This appears to be just the regular wear and tear of the NBA grind when you are the team’s franchise player, the kind of pain is part of the regular season to a degree. But the Bulls need to get him some rest before the playoffs. And hopefully get everyone back healthy and get him some help, too.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.