Rose brushes off 'no defense' comments


Rose brushes off 'no defense' comments

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
7:40 p.m.

By Aggrey Sam

After being disparaged by Trail Blazers swingman Nicolas Batum after Mondays loss for his inability to stop Portland point guard counterpart Andre Miller and overall inadequacy on the defensive endBatum later stated he was misquoted; ironically, Batum, considered one of the leagues up-and-coming defenders, guarded Rose for most of the Blazers game and although Rose wasnt victorious, he did score 34 pointsRose was asked about the comments.

He threw me under the bus, didnt he? Everybodys got their opinion. I know that I can play defense, said the All-Star point guard, who added that he thought he excessively fouled Miller and allowed him too many transition opportunities. I dont get upset at all. Thats his opinion.

Utahs Williams stuck up for Rose, who has markedly improved on that end of the floor from a season ago.

Ive never heard that. I think he can play defense just fine, said the Jazz All-Star. I dont think theres anybody in this league that can stop guys one-on-one continuously or in pick-and-roll by themselves. Everything is team defense now. Depends on how everybodys playing that night.

Thibodeau also defended his point guard.

I watch him all year so I watch the progress that he makes and I dont really care what other people say, said Thibodeau. I think whats important is what we thinkhis coaches, his teammatesand I think hes done a very good job all year long.

Sloan didnt comment on Roses defense specifically, but expressed that hes impressed with his development.

He just improved on what he had. Terrific explosive guy, hes so strong. Looks to be like hes gotten stronger, said Sloan. It looks like he works tremendously hard to make himself good. That doesnt happen by accident.

Hes very good at blowing by people, putting a lot of pressure on your defense because he can pick and roll. He just makes plays, simple plays. He makes it look simple.

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Bulls center Robin Lopez slapped with one-game suspension after fight

Bulls center Robin Lopez slapped with one-game suspension after fight

Robin Lopez will not be suiting up for the Bulls Wednesday night.

The center was slapped with a one-game suspension from the NBA just hours before tipoff after getting into a fight with Serge Ibaka in the Bulls' loss to the Toronto Raptors Tuesday evening.

The two threw punches at each other during a dead ball toward the end of the third quarter.

Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire was fined $15,000 for pushing Bulls forward Niko Mirotic in the scuffle.

Bulls collapse in Toronto, fall in overtime to Raptors

Bulls collapse in Toronto, fall in overtime to Raptors

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors fought and scrapped their way to their first victory over the Chicago Bulls in years.

DeMar DeRozan led the way.

DeRozan had 42 points, and the Raptors snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Bulls by rallying for a wild 122-120 overtime win on Tuesday night.

"You don't want to have something lingering like that and go a couple of seasons where you can't beat a team," DeRozan said. "When you're a competitor, just to have that in the back of your mind, it sucks."

DeRozan set a franchise record with 38 shot attempts, making 17, and also finished with eight assists. Cory Joseph had 19 points for the Raptors, and Serge Ibaka scored 16 before he was ejected for his role in a memorable fight with Robin Lopez during the third quarter.

Jimmy Butler had 37 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Bulls, and Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 24. It was Chicago's first loss to Toronto since Dec. 31, 2013.

Following a Butler 3-pointer with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter, giving Chicago a 16-point lead, Lopez swatted the ball out of the hand of Ibaka. The two squared up in the middle of a crowd and Lopez swung and missed Ibaka, who returned in kind, barely connecting with the head of the center.

Lopez and Ibaka were ejected following a long review period. Chicago forward Nikola Mirotic and Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire received offsetting technical fouls after getting into a shoving match following the melee.

With Lopez throwing the first punch, Ibaka said he was simply trying to defend himself.

"I'm not just going to be out there and watch a man like him punch me and walk away," he said after his fourth career ejection.

Lopez was ejected for the sixth time in his career. He said he expects to be suspended for the fight.

"I think it was a really physical game, physical game for everybody," he said. "Just kind of hit the flashpoint."

The Bulls opened a 109-94 lead on Paul Zipser's 3-pointer with 6:39 left in the fourth. But the Raptors responded with a 15-0 run, tying the game on Joseph's layup with 1:50 remaining.

"They were the aggressors on both sides of the floor, getting layups on one end and stops on the other," Butler said. "Hell, that's how we were playing for the majority of the game. Whenever you're playing like that, the game turns quickly."

Toronto grabbed the lead for the first time on a turnaround jumper from DeRozan with 1:23 to play in overtime.

Denzel Valentine missed a 3-point attempt on Chicago's next possession and Patrick Patterson had a tip-in layup to make it 119-115 Toronto with 44.7 seconds remaining.

The Raptors lead the NBA with 18 comeback victories after trailing by 10-or-more points.