Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
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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