For Bulls fans fearing the worst right now, take Derrick Rose’s MVP ceremony today seriously.
After Rose accepts his MVP, there will be nothing better than to prove why he deserved the honor and Game 2 will be his platform.
Even though the Bulls don’t need that need his added intangible, it will serve as incredible timing and extra motivation after their Game 1 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center Monday night.
The Bulls, who lost 103-95, can ill-afford to go down 0-2 as the series switches to Atlanta for Games 3 and 4.
Meaning: Game 2 Wednesday night will be the biggest game to date for the Bulls and none more important for Rose to silence any doubters – though the award alone sizes up his body of work this year.
This is Rose’s first NBA MVP, and the first time the franchise has an MVP since Michael Jordan took home his fifth award in 1998.
Jordan won NBA all-star game and Finals honors that season as well.
Rose had a stellar third season where he led the Bulls to the best record in the NBA at 62-20, top seed in the Eastern Conference and a berth into the Eastern Conference second round.
Rose averaged 25 points per game, 7.7 assists and raised his shooting percentages from the foul line and 3-point line by at least 7 percent.
Rose made strides on defense, but more importantly offensively. His clip from the free throw line last season was a touch under 77 percent. He raised that percentage to 85.8 percent this season. Rose’s three-point shot increased from 26.8 percent to 33.2 which is career high, highs that have increased his scoring average five points from ’09-’10.
Prior to the start of the season, Rose made remarks asking, “Why, why can’t I be the MVP?” Now, the crowd chants at the United Center will take higher meaning.