Listening to Derrick Rose the last few days, it felt like a Michael Corleone moment. All this talk about the Pacers celebrating the last time they beat Chicago, and how Rose didn’t forget anything and couldn’t wait to play them again, we pictured him seeking out his own Al Neri and saying, “Nothing is to happen to them until I say so.” We were waiting for him to pull out the little boat, pack the Pacers into it and send them out on the lake. Rose and the Bulls decided on the third quarter as the appropriate time for revenge in their 92-72 win last night. The Pacers were up 47-44 at one point. Barely 12 minutes of game action later, the scoreboard read Chicago: 77, Indiana: 56. The Bulls simply turned it up on defense, outscoring the Pacers 33-13 in the third, and were so balanced, Rose didn’t even have to do anything (13 points, nine assists). Chicago was so good they had the Pacers’ TV guys handing out living advice in the fourth quarter, telling the audience to remember “There’s life tomorrow.” … Is it possible to be an All-Star big man and score two points in a game that really mattered against perhaps your chief rival? Yes, we’re looking at you Roy Hibbert. Somehow the coaches said he was good enough for Orlando, but Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith weren’t. Smoove might’ve decided to launch a couple of threes or forget to play defense at times, but we’re guaranteeing he would’ve contributed more than one basket had it been him in there last night … Barely a minute into the game, Rip Hamilton hit his shoulder on a screen and headed immediately to the locker room with his shoulder looking pretty screwed up. That dude is made of glass this year … Down three in the closing moments, CP3 was fouled by Derrick Williams on a triple. Not even Martell Webster would’ve done something that stupid. Wait…never mind. But to L.A.’s chagrin, the third foul shot was so off that there was actually speculation over whether CP (18 points) missed it on purpose. The Wolves got the board and the W, 95-94. In one of the few times he’s gotten the better of Blake Griffin (26 points, 12 rebounds) head-to-head since they started matching up in the pros, Kevin Love went absolutely crazy (39 points, 17 rebounds, five treys) … At one point, we heard the Wolves’ color guy say this: “Griffin would never get the ball above his shoulders if I was in there guarding him.” Yeah okay buddy. If it was that easy, Kendrick Perkins would still have a Twitter account … Arron Afflalo had 32 and Ty Lawson hit the game-winning triple, but we were just glad to see Denver finally go away from randomly isolating Andre Miller in crunch time again in their 119-116 OT win against the Kings … And the Blazers got 19 from Nic Batum in their 12-point thrashing of the Hornets … Keep reading to hear the unexpected thing Kendrick Perkins did …
Smack / Mar 6, 2012 / 12:34 am
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