Game notes: Bulls-Pacers, Game 4

Game notes: Bulls-Pacers, Game 4

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Posted: 10 a.m.

Bulls at Pacers, Game 4 -- 1:30 p.m. on CSN
Chicago leads series 3-0

Team leaders

Bulls: PPG -- Derrick Rose (25.0); RPG -- Joakim Noah (10.4); APG -- Rose (7.7).

Pacers: PPG -- Danny Granger (20.5); RPG -- Roy Hibbert (7.5); APG -- Darren Collison (5.1).

Previous games

The Bulls posted two tight wins in Chicago before surviving another close call in Game 3 on Thursday. The 88-84 victory featured 23 points from Rose and 21 from Luol Deng, who also contributed six rebounds and six assists. Noah contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds, while limiting Hibbert to 3-of-12 shooting. Granger paced Indiana with 21 points, though he missed a key 3-pointer late in the game.
Who's hot?

Kyle Korver is 7-for-8 from 3-point range in the postseason. He was 5-for-6 from the field, including 2-of-3 from deep, en route to scoring 12 points in Game 3. Noah has done a little bit of everything, averaging 8.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals in the series.

Storylines
The Bulls haven't exactly looked like the dominant No. 1 seed that some expected them to be in this series. Perhaps it would make a statement if they were able to blow out the Pacers in Game 4. ... Rose is shooting just 37.9 percent in the series, including 4-of-20 from 3-point range. ... Chicago will look to improve its defensive rebounding after allowing 15 offensive boards in Game 3.

Sound off

Aside from Rose, who do you think has been the Bulls' best player in the postseason?

Bank shot: You won't believe how much more money Derrick Rose's former teammates are making compared to him

Bank shot: You won't believe how much more money Derrick Rose's former teammates are making compared to him

At one time, Derrick Rose was cruising towards becoming one of the NBA's highest-paid players.

Not any longer. 

The point guard agreed to terms with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year, $2.1 million deal - otherwise known as the veterans minimum - on Tuesday. That's quite a fall from grace for the 2011 MVP. 

To be fair, the 28-year-old could have pocketed more if he signed with a number of other teams, but he prioritzed winning this offseason. 

Either way, for a guy coming off his best offensive season (18 points per game on 47 percent shooting) since 2012, the low salary is somewhat of a surprise. 

To contextualize the deal, here's a look at former Bulls teammates who will bring home more bacon next season: 

Player | 2017-2018 salary | 2016-2017 points per game | 2016-2017 rebounds per game | 2016-2017 assists per game 

Jimmy Butler | $19.3 million | 23.9 points | 6.2 rebounds | 5.5 assists

Joakim Noah | $17.8 million | 5.0 points | 8.8 rebounds | 2.2 assists

Luol Deng | $17.1 million | 7.6 points | 5.3 rebounds | 1.3 assists

Pau Gasol | $16 million | 12.4 points | 7.8 rebounds | 2.3 assists

Taj Gibson | $14 million | 10.8 points | 6.2 rebounds | 0.9 assists

Omer Asik | $10.6 million | 2.7 points | 5.3 rebounds | 0.5 assists

Tom Thibodeau | $10 million | 24.2 "ice" yells per game

Tony Snell | $9.9 million | 8.5 points | 3.1 rebounds | 1.2 assists

E'Twaun Moore | $8.4 million | 9.6 points | 2.1 rebounds | 2.2 assists

Cristiano Felicio | $7.8 million | 4.8 points | 4.7 rebounds | 0.6 assists

D.J. Augustin | $7.2 million | 7.9 points | 1.5 rebounds | 2.7 asssists

Kyle Korver | $7.8 million |10.1 points | 2.8 rebounds | 1.6 assists

Marco Belinelli | $6.6 million | 10.5 points | 2.4 rebounds | 2.0 assists

Justin Holiday | $4.6 million | 7.7 points | 2.7 rebounds | 1.2 assists

Doug McDermott | $3.3 million | 9.0 points | 2.7 rebounds | 0.9 assists

* We're not sure the exact salary of Brian Scalabrine, but the Big 3 may be paying him more than $2.1 million. * 

 

 

Derrick Rose to sign with Cavaliers

Derrick Rose to sign with Cavaliers

Derrick Rose is headed to Cleveland. 

According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the former Bulls point guard committed to sign with the Cavaliers on Monday, joining a team on the heels of three straight NBA Finals appearances. 

Although the numbers haven't been made official, the contract will likely be a one-year deal worth about $2.1 million. It's a low-risk move for the Cavs, who are signing a point guard with quite a history of injuries. 

Rose, 28, had a bit of a resurgence on the offensive end last year. He posted 18 points per game, which was his highest average since 2011-2012, and he shot 47 percent from the field. While his defense continues to be lackluster, the 2011 MVP gives the Cavs' second unit a scoring boost. 

The signing also raises more Kyrie Irving questions. Irving requested a trade late last week, indicating Rose may be pushed into a more prominent role. 

Rose battled LeBron James in several playoffs. Now, the Chicago kid will try to win alongside The King.