About a week ago, Mookie at A Stern Warning had an excellent post about the Bulls and their anemic assist total in the Miami game, and how low assist totals usually lead to losses.
Last night the Bulls beat the Celtics and had 25 assists against only 9 turnovers. The Bulls shot 53% against the Garnett-less (but still thuggish) Celtics, and and obviously good passing, higher percentage shots and taking care of the ball have a lot to do with that. They also got to the line 41 times.
Sure, John Salmons had a career night. But Rose and Hinrich — both with several spectacular plays in the game — had only 3 turnovers in over 70 minutes combined. Rose had 8 helpers and Hinrich had 6. Hinrich also played like a man possessed on defense, and he looked like the pre-injury, pre off-year Kirk.
I’ve actually heard some people dissing Rose, saying he lacks court vision. Ha. He is a ROOKIE. And he is shooting 46% with almost 3-1 assist/turnover ratio. Haters, all of them. But guess what? Even if he doesn’t have the best court vision it doesn’t matter. Because he can break down any and every point guard in the league and get to the basket at will.
There isn’t a point guard in the league that gets to the basket and finishes better than Rose. And now he is adding a post game against smaller point guards. Oh, look out.