Incredible how Smart, a PG, defended one of the NBA's strongest shooting guards in Harden. Defensively, Smart no ordinary PG or rookie.
Rose averaging 40 mins last 3: " I’m happy with my performance. Mad we lost, of course; trying to take something positive out of every game.
Rose: "Three games we played, tough games. I had to play a lot of minutes. It was a load. But I’m happy with how my body feels afterward."
Rose con't: "The second, a back-to-back, and I attacked the basket. That’s something at the beginning of the season I wouldn’t have done."
Rose: "It’s coming, a lot of runners, layups and shots that I normally make. But as long as I’m attacking, it’s all positive."
Rose w/23 pts; 8-23 and 7-9 FTs: "If we want to get to where we want to go, we have to find ways to win these types of games."
Bulls board with Gasol and Noah rock solid....
Rose: "It’s a back-to-back, and I attacked the basket. That’s something at the beginning of the season I wouldn’t have done."
Pau Gasol: "We know that this team has spirit and potential, we just don't do it consistently and we don't do it every night."
Gasol is an 82 percent FT shooter and went 0-for-5. Ever happened before? "Never in my life. Never in my entire career. It was weird."
Doc to Anthony Davis as he saw him walking past him post-game: "Let's start a chant, 'Trade A.D.!"
Rose drains 17 footer circle right....Suns 87-81 454 left 4th
Pau Gasol's 9th straight double-double pushes his league-leading total to 30.
The Bulls had things on track -- but Gibson's poor pass to Rose in the post with just over 9 min left triggered important run for the Suns.
Leandro Barbosa: "Things were very ugly on our side, and there was nothing we could do. … It was a tough game for us."
Klay Thompson scored 3 more points in the 3rd quarter last Friday (37) than Oregon State had in a loss to Arizona tonight (34).
Gasol is running on fumes ...doing his best
Bulls within 3 with Brooks at the line. Rose-Butler have combined for 35pts Gasol 14 reb. 66-63 Suns 2:14 3rd
Rose clearly made it a point to get to the rim in this one. He's now 7-for-9 from the line. Bulls always so much better when he drives.
Rose's 7 free-throw attempts are his most in a game since Nov. 24 at Utah.