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Report: Derrick Rose cleared to play extended minutes


Since the start of the season, Derrick Rose has been the subject of much scrutiny. He’s missed two full seasons with serious knee injuries, and his health is crucial in the Bulls’ chances at contending for a championship. Now, it seems he’s taken an important step: where he was previously limited by the training staff to playing 30 minutes per game, he’s now allowed to play longer.

From the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson:

The Bulls have cleared Derrick Rose to play extended minutes if needed, sources said.

Initially, the Bulls’ medical staff limited Rose because he was returning from back-to-back, season-ending knee surgeries and he had played just 10 NBA games in the last two seasons. But Rose has started to string games together. And while it’s unlikely his average minutes per game will increase significantly, coach Tom Thibodeau has been given the green light to play Rose more.

Rose has averaged 32.8 minutes per game in January, an encouraging sign considering what he’s been through. His play has been up and down — he’s had nights where he’s looked like the player that won the league’s MVP award in 2011, but more often than not he has a propensity to jack up terrible three-pointers.

But the reality is, the Bulls can’t win a title without Rose at full strength. And the fact that he’s been cleared to play without restricted minutes is a positive step in reaching that goal.

Two more clips of LeBron ‘struggling’ on defense from Cavaliers’ win over Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers v Golden State Warriors

The Cavaliers had little trouble in getting their third straight victory on Monday, a comfortable win over the Bulls in a game that Cleveland led by as many as 25 points.

If Derrick Rose was f–king irritated about the loss, just imagine how he would have felt had LeBron James actually played solid defense throughout.

For whatever reason, LeBron has been well below average on the defensive end of the floor this season; his effort there has been partly to blame for the team’s slow start, even though there are plenty of other issues that have been contributing factors.

Here are a couple more examples of possessions where he, um, seemed to struggle.

This one is bad, because the needless gamble for the steal wasn’t something his teammates were expecting, so no one was ready to help and Snell ended up with an open lane to the basket. The fact that LeBron didn’t bother to try to re-enter the play is amusing on the surface, but not the end of the world — he likely figured the play was over due to his mistake, and was trying to leak out to get an advantage in transition.

Now, about this next one.

In LeBron’s defense, Pau Gasol wasn’t his man here, so he was essentially caught trying to guard two players at the same time. But one of the primary rules of defense is that you don’t leave the ball, and the fact that a simple fake from Gasol got LeBron scrambling like this (and resulted in Gasol having an open lane to the basket) is obviously less than ideal from a team defensive standpoint.

Five Things We Learned in the NBA Monday: Tom Thibodeau is not a happy man

Tom Thibodeau

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The Chicago Bulls are not playing Thibodeau-level defense. For the past few years, through all the injuries and challenges, the Bulls at least played good defense. But not lately. Monday they let the Cavaliers — who has played better in their now three game winning streak — score 108 points, which translates into 116.1 points per 100 possessions. In their last five games the Bulls have allowed teams to score 113.6 per 100 — that’s 29th in the NBA in that stretch. The Bulls are not defending or rotating with energy, evidenced by the Cavaliers taking 49 of their 90 shot attempts in the paint. The Bulls have lost 6-of-8, Derrick Rose is more than irritated, and Tom Thibodeau is losing it in post-game press conferences saying “enough is enough.” The Bulls offense has not been pretty of late either, but Chicago has gotten away from its identity as a defensive power. If that doesn’t change, the dream of making the NBA Finals will fade faster than Thibodeau’s voice.

James Harden doesn’t care how good your defense is, he will score on it. At will. The Indiana Pacers are still a top 10 defense this season. James Harden doesn’t care. He scored 45 points on 12-of-18 shooting (he got to the free throw line 15 times). The beard can flat out score.

The Knicks can win a game. Break up the Knicks. Sure, it took playing a Pelicans team without Anthony Davis or Jrue Holiday playing on the second night of a road back-to-back, but so what. The Knicks got a win. Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 9 boards but most importantly played selfless, smart basketball in the final minute. However, the star of the show was Langston Galloway. If you just said “Who is that?” the answer is the guy who put up 21 points and can do this.

The Dallas Mavericks can beat a good team. Coming into Monday Dallas was 1-8 against Western Conference playoff teams, while Memphis was 10-3 against that same group. So consider this your daily reminder that the Western Conference playoffs will be a bloodbath. Dallas took an early lead then, when it was tight late, they got great play out of Dirk Nowitzki and some key buckets from Rajon Rondo to get the win. Memphis was 3-of-22 from three and had just one bucket in the final four minutes as Dallas is playing better defense of late. Dallas was 10-of-25 from three and will be much more dangerous if they keep shooting and hitting from deep.

The Cleveland Cavaliers can play defense. This game was the best we have seen Cleveland play this season. Sure, LeBron James was doing LeBron James things, J.R. Smith was raining threes, and the return of Kevin Love brought better movement and passing to the Cavaliers offense, but that’s not the most impressive part of the game for them. No, the real story is the Cavaliers played good defense. The Bulls shot just 37.5 percent in this game and the Cavaliers contested 51 of the Bulls 80 shot attempts. Timofey Mozgov was strong in the paint, taking away easy looks. This was the best the Cavs have defended this season and if they keep this up they will get a lot closer to fulfilling their promise. But they have to start doing this consistently.