There were some encouraging things to take away from Derrick Rose‘s opening-night performance against Cleveland. At the top of the list, this was the most we’ve seen him attack the paint in a long time — he took 15 shots in the paint and just two from beyond the arc.
On the flip side, he shot 8-of-22 overall and was just 3-of-10 at the rim in the game.
Part of the reason for the shooting woes is he’s still battling double-vision from the fractured orbital bone he suffered at the start of training camp, which required surgery to repair and has Rose still wearing a mask. Here is what Rose said about the issue, via ESPN.
“I wish it was a blink, but it’s all the time,” said Rose, who played 32 minutes and scored 18 points. “Like right now, I see two of you…
“When I’m out there playing, I’m only using one of my eyes,” Rose said. “I close my left eye whenever I’m out there. So I just got used to it from practice.”
“I think I’m all right,” Rose said. “A couple of layups I could have hit, but I think that I’m careful when I’m out there. I’m just trying to get back [to] playing. I miss this game too much.”
At one point Hoiberg said he wasn’t going to play Rose if he had double vision. However, the team doctor’s cleared him for full contact and he is out there. So long as he’s not at undue risk for further injury, it should be his call.
Rose has more lanes to drive in Fred Hoiberg’s motion offense, where Nikola Mirotic helps space the floor with his extended minutes. The ball moved better Tuesday night, and there were plenty of reasons to be optimistic if you’re a Bulls fan.
Rose just has to get to the point he can finish. He’s physically not there yet.