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Derrick Rose Returns as Bulls Fall Short in OT, Lose 100-99 to Knicks: Fan Reaction
From Carmelo Anthony's three-pointer with eight seconds remaining in OT, the Bulls suffered their third loss in four games. It was initially a good effort by the team, coming back from a 21-point deficit in the first quarter, but it's not the same team that led the league earlier this season.
The game was a wakeup call for the Bulls and the Knicks are another team to add to their postseason watch list. If the Bulls are going to have postseason success, a few things need to happen.
Rose Needs to Get Back Up to Speed
After missing a dozen games due to a groin strain, Rose finally returned on Sunday. He scored 29 points but he wasn't vintage Rose. Trying to dust off the cobwebs, Rose went 8 for 26 from the field. With 19 seconds remaining in regulation time, he missed two sets of free throws. Had he made the points, the Bulls may have won the game as they led by three points.
He also contributed to eight of the team's 20 turnovers on Sunday.
We all know Rose is a better player than this.
He does too and applauded the Knicks' efforts. He said, "It's tough. It was definitely tough. When you lose a game, especially for us, it's tough. It's going to hurt us no matter who we lose to, but that team played great, man. They were knocking down shots. Didn't give up when we went up that big lead. They kept fighting."
The Starting Five Needs to Find Its Groove
Sunday's game marked the first time since March 5 that the regular five played together. Rip Hamilton returned just last week after nursing a shoulder injury. With Rose's return, the group looked a little uncomfortable, missing 11 of its 12 beginning shots.
Instead of playing at a higher level with Rose on the court, it was a messy group effort.
The starting five will need to find their chemistry again after adding some of the Bench Mob into its regular rotation. This shouldn't be too hard to do.
Athletes Have Short Memories
The Bulls could now have a two of four loss record as the win should have been theirs on Sunday. The devils is in the details and for the Bulls, mistakes took over on Sunday-similar to some of their other recent losses including a lack of positive mental attitude.
With a 10-point lead and less than four minutes remaining in regulation time, the Bulls could have held on for the win but they didn't due to an embarrassing cold spell. A second chance ensued in OT, but again, the Bulls missed shots and were their own worst enemy on Sunday.
As Luol Deng said, "It was tough because we felt like we had the game. Missed big free throws and gave away the game."
So what's next? The team just needs to look ahead and use the loss as motivation. They have a great opportunity to redeem themselves by playing the Knicks again on Tuesday, April 11 at home.
As a lifelong Bulls fan and Chicago resident, the Derrick Rose era has been a good one.
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