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Why is DRose getting a pass for playing so terrible these first 3 games? I get he's been clutch but we wouldnt be in the predicament if he would shoot better then 38% from the field. Love his game but he needs to step it up or were done.
Alex Kennedy:On Tuesday, I wrote about how the Bulls have been underwhelming and I got blasted by fans in Chicago because they're winning. While I've been impressed with the way they've handled adversity, I completely agree with you and I'm glad at least one fan is able to take off the Rose colored glasses (see what I did there?). Chicago shouldn't be struggling this much against an eighth seeded Pacers team that struggled for much of the year. Even if they get swept, they've somewhat exposed the Bulls. They have successfully rattled Carlos Boozer, contained Derrick Rose by putting a long, athletic defender on him and are providing plenty of film for other teams in the East. Derrick is an excellent player, but as you mentioned, he needs to step up in more than just the final minutes if the Bulls want to have a shot in later rounds.
Cain in New Zealand:Paul George isn't hitting his shots but looks like an absolute stud, can he be the next Pacers All-Star? When do you think he will break-out offensively?
Alex Kennedy:I've always been a big Paul George fan. When I first met him during the Orlando Summer League, I wrote in one of these chats that the athleticism and potential were there, and he just needed time to develop. In this series, he has emerged as a stud and he's making plays on the defensive end. I don't think anyone would have predicted that he would just about lead all players in blocks this postseason. He's able to impact games with his athleticism and length and he has a very high ceiling. As you said, his jumper still needs work, but he's only 20 years old so he has plenty of time to improve that aspect of his game. I'm not ready to predict that he'll be an All-Star, but he's certainly a talented player who should round out his game in the next few years.