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May 19, 2015 Updates

Rose was never asked directly why he disappeared when his team needed him most, but sources tell 670 The Score that a common NBA problem affected the Bulls at the worst possible time – two alpha dogs and only one basketball. It looked strange when wing Jimmy Butler kept flashing to Rose’s side of the floor, calling for the ball, as the Bulls’ offense was drying up. Rose was all too happy to oblige instead of waving Butler off and taking charge, either resetting the called play or taking his man – often the undrafted Matthew Dellavedova – hard to the rim for at least a likely foul. CBS Chicago

Sources describe a passive-aggressive reaction from Rose that was the culmination of tensions building in recent weeks with Butler’s emergence as a primary scorer. Butler is very aware that he won his bet on himself and is poised to reap the reward of a maximum contract from the Bulls, whether or not it takes an offer sheet from another club in restricted free agency this summer. Butler’s emergence was validated by the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award, and he’s now feeling every bit the star, with all that entails. CBS Chicago

May 18, 2015 Updates

Rose was never asked directly why he disappeared when his team needed him most, but sources tell 670 The Score that a common NBA problem affected the Bulls at the worst possible time – two alpha dogs and only one basketball. It looked strange when wing Jimmy Butler kept flashing to Rose’s side of the floor, calling for the ball, as the Bulls’ offense was drying up. Rose was all too happy to oblige instead of waving Butler off and taking charge, either resetting the called play or taking his man – often the undrafted Matthew Dellavedova – hard to the rim for at least a likely foul. Sources describe a passive-aggressive reaction from Rose that was the culmination of tensions building in recent weeks with Butler’s emergence as a primary scorer. Butler is very aware that he won his bet on himself and is poised to reap the reward of a maximum contract from the Bulls, whether or not it takes an offer sheet from another club in restricted free agency this summer. Butler’s emergence was validated by the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award, and he’s now feeling every bit the star, with all that entails. CBS Chicago

May 17, 2015 Updates

"I wouldn't say I played my best but I played very well sometimes," Rose said after the Cavaliers ended the Bulls' season. "It's all about being consistent and staying in the gym and preparing myself. That's one thing I think I did well was prepare myself for every game, even though I didn't always perform the way I want to perform. My body felt good. So it's all about just going back in the lab this summer and putting my game back together and see where it takes me." Chicago Tribune

May 15, 2015 Updates

The unusual part of the Thibodeau-Bulls power struggle is that he hasn’t lost the locker room at all, despite his notoriously hard-driving style. On the contrary, players overwhelmingly voiced their support for the coach in the locker room. “If it was up to me, he’d be back,” said Derrick Rose. Added Joakim Noah: “I think Thibs is a hard worker who always had us prepared.” Said Taj Gibson: “If you want to be coached and pushed, Thibs is the coach for you. If you don’t want to get better, this isn’t the team for you.” NBCSports.com

May 13, 2015 Updates

Because Game 7 against LeBron in Cleveland? Good luck. Hey, bartender, turn on the Semisonic because it’s just about closing time. “It’s not the end,” Rose said. “And we’re not quitting.” ESPN.com

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May 10, 2015 Updates

All weekend the big shots have seemed to bank in. Derrick Rose was first. Paul Pierce followed suit. Marc Gasol wanted in on the action. This wasn’t the game winner, but his shot to beat the shot clock banked in and was the dagger in the Grizzlies’ 99-89 win over the Warriors. This was the shot that was the final nail in Golden State’s coffin for the night and put Memphis up 2-1 in the series. NBCSports.com

May 9, 2015 Updates

With the game-clock ticking toward zero after 47 minutes, 57 seconds of high-intensity, high-stakes playoff basketball, Rose caught an inbounds pass from Mike Dunleavy. Rose improvised slightly when the Cleveland Cavaliers took away the best options and launched a 26-foot three-pointer — over the outstretched arms of Tristan Thompson — that banked in off the glass as final horn sounded, giving the Bulls a 99-96 victory over the Cavaliers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. When the shot went in, Rose didn't smile as he backpedaled toward the Bulls bench, and he didn't smile as teammates congratulated him. So many others smiled for him. "It's been a long time coming," Rob McClanaghan, his personal basketball trainer, said in the corridor outside the Bulls locker room. "He's earned that." USA Today Sports

May 7, 2015 Updates

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has not taken a free throw in three straight games. That's the first time that has happened in his career, according to ESPN Stats and Information. After failing to get to the line again during Wednesday night's 106-91 Game 2 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau expressed his displeasure with the recent turn of events. "I guess he's got to go harder, I don't know," Thibodeau said after a long pause. "It looks like there's a lot of contact to me. But obviously others don't see it that way." ESPN.com

The former MVP didn't want to discuss his lack of free-throw attempts. "I can't think about that," Rose said. "I don't even want to talk about that. But I'm playing, and if they're not calling it, they're just not calling it. I can't be worried about (that)." Despite the lack of free-throw attempts, Rose still approached a triple-double, scoring 14 points, dishing 10 assists and pulling down seven rebounds. But he was just 6-for-20 from the field. ESPN.com

May 6, 2015 Updates

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