Derrick Rose, after going 7-of-35 from the field in his last two games: ‘I’m not going to stop shooting’

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The Bulls had won seven straight and 10 of their last 11 before suffering a surprising home loss to the Nets on Tuesday, so it’s not like there’s a reason to panic, or even a cause for concern.

But there’s no denying that Derrick Rose is struggling with his shot.

Everything Rose-related is, of course, heavily scrutinized. But this look under the microscope shows that from a pure statistical standpoint, Rose is shooting the ball at career-worst percentages.

After going 2-of-15 from the floor against Brooklyn, which followed a 5-of-20 effort the previous night against the Pacers, Rose vowed to continue to shoot the ball when he’s open, even if the shots won’t fall.

From The Chicago Tribune (via HoopsHype):

Rose followed his 5-for-20 night at the Pacers with a 2-for-15 clunker in the Bulls’ 96-82 loss to the Nets that snapped a seven-game win streak. With a 0-for-5 night from 3-point range, Rose dropped to a career-low 26.3 percent on the season from that distance. Worse, he’s attempting a career-high 5.4 attempts per game.

“Terrible,” Rose said, when asked to describe his night. But Rose won’t stop shooting. “My confidence to shoot is there,” he 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.”

Rose has never been a good shooter from three-point distance — which is the reason the scouting report says that defenders should go under the screen. But while he’s being given those open looks for a reason, that doesn’t necessarily mean he should stop taking them altogether.

Offenses bog down and become stagnant when players pass up open shots, but if time on the shot clock permits, Rose should really be looking for opportunities inside the arc. Take a look at his shot chart to this point of the season:

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What’s most glaring, here, is the fact that Rose has launched 118 three-pointers while making them at a dismal rate of just 26.3 percent. By contrast, he’s taken eight fewer shots right at the rim — and those he’s making at a 60 percent clip.

Defenses know this, of course, which is why Rose gets plenty of space to bomb away from the outside. He’s right to want to keep shooting, despite the recent slump. But he should be smarter about where he’s taking those shots.

WNBA suspends Riquna Williams 10 games for domestic violence

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NEW YORK (AP) The WNBA has suspended Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams 10 games for a domestic violence incident.

The WNBA handed down the suspension Tuesday. Williams was arrested on April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship and the other involving a threat to another person with a firearm. Her criminal case is ongoing.

The league conducted its own investigation and consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence. Among other factors, the WNBA said it took into account the nature and seriousness of the allegations, including the involvement of a gun.

The WNBA also will require Williams to participate in counseling.

Williams’ suspension will begin with Thursday’s game against the Dallas Wings.

Report: Bulls signing Luke Kornet for guaranteed $4.5M over two years

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Just three 7-footers have averaged 3.5 3-pointers per game and made 35% of them each of the last two seasons:

The Bulls will now have most of them.

Markkanen is Chicago’s top young player. Kornet will join him with the Bulls next season.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

I’m a little surprised Kornet got more than his minimum ($3,383,360 over two years). But it’s worth taking a flier on him.

In addition to his outside shooting, Kornet has shown good timing as a shot-blocker in two seasons with the Knicks. The 24-year-old must get stronger and improve as a rebounder to play major minutes.

But the Bulls won’t have to press him into action. They also have Thaddeus Young, Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Daniel Gafford and Cristiano Felicio as bigs.

Pistons claim Christian Wood off waivers

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The Bucks waived Christian Wood late last season to ensure avoiding the luxury tax. The Pelicans claimed him. Wood had played well in limited minutes with the 76ers, Hornets and Bucks and in the NBA’s minor league since going undrafted in 2015.

New Orleans gave him his biggest opportunity yet. In 24 minutes per game over eight games, he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds.

But the Pelicans filled their roster for next season and waived Wood.

Detroit will take advantage.

Pistons release:

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has claimed forward/center Christian Wood off waivers.

Wood’s $1,645,357 minimum salary is unguaranteed until the regular season. So, Detroit could still waive him before the season. But it seems he’ll at least go to training camp and get a shot at a regular-season roster spot.

The Pelicans also could’ve kept him through the preseason then waived him before the regular season. They seemingly did him a favor of allowing him to get somewhere he has a realistic chance of sticking.

Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond will start in the frontcourt for the Pistons. Markieff Morris and Thon Maker appear to be first in line is backups.

But don’t be surprised if Wood earns playing time. At minimum, the 23-year-old should provide nice depth at both power forward and center.

The Pistons have also now acquired four members of last year’s Bucks – Tony Snell, Thon Maker, Tim Frazier and now Wood.

Knicks: Reggie Bullock has spine injury

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Reggie Bullock had his agreed-upon salary cut by more than half with the Knicks. He’ll reportedly miss at least a month of the regular season.

All because of a mysterious health issue.

The Knicks have finally disclosed what’s happening.

Knicks release:

Reggie Bullock underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for a cervical disc herniation. The team will plan to provide an update on his rehab and progress around the start of training camp.

Bullock is a good shooter from the wing. New York could use him. Many teams could use him.

But Bullock must get healthy first.

At this point, we probably shouldn’t expect much from him any time soon. The best indication: how eagerly his agent praised the Knicks for their handling of this situation. Again, Bullock settled for less than half his initially agreed-upon salary.