Derrick Rose has been hard to watch this season. Everytime he explodes to the basket with blistering speed, you naturally expect an acrobatic finish or a thunderous dunk. While Rose has been able to show that every once in a while over the first eight games of this young regular season, he has not done it consistently so far. Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau doesn’t seem worried like some fans are, insisting that Rose will find his touch eventually.
‘‘You’ve got to remember, the guy has been out 18 months,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘He’s real close. We’ve got to be patient. He’s not making shots he normally makes right now, but we know he’s a great finisher. He has some shots going in and out right now, so we know he’s going to be fine.’’
The problem is exactly that – Rose’s finishing. He seems to still have the explosion in his body and his athleticism hasn’t deserted him. But his finishing ability has been slightly off so far.
Rose is shooting 34.4% from the field so far this season and has connected on 22 of his 60 attempts under the basket (36.7%). In his MVP season, Rose was right around league average when it comes to finishing at the rim at 54%. However, while Rose is currently attempting a career-high five three-pointers per game, he has not lost confidence and continues to force the issue, hoping to regain his touch. Actually, 48% of Rose’s total shot attempts are under the rim, which is a clear sign that he refuses to lose confidence in himself, as “only” 42.1% of his shot attempts in 2010-11 were at the basket.
In short — Rose isn’t finishing as well as he used to, but he is getting to the basket more often than he has in the past. Whether or not the former MVP rediscovers his finishing ability or not remains to be seen.