Welcome to the first ever Derrick Rose Game Analysis!
For the rest of the season, I will be recapping how Derrick Rose did in each game. As a big Derrick Rose fan, I have been extremely happy to see him play really well. This is for all of the D-Rose fans out there (and everyone else) that need a quick summary on how he played for the night. Let’s jump right in.
There will be 4 parts: the Introduction, his Stats for the game, Other Notable Timberwolves and the Conclusion.
Rose and the Minnesota Timberwolves (12-12) found themselves matched Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets (11-12). The Timberwolves entered this game with a 1-game winning streak after beating the Houston Rockets in their last game. Meanwhile, the Hornets entered this game on a 2-game losing streak after losing to the New Orleans Pelicans in their last game.
The Timberwolves were down by 3 with 8 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, before proceeding to outscore the Hornets by 20 in that span. The Timberwolves took the 121-104 home win. The Timberwolves are now 13-12, and this is the first time they are over .500 all season.
Game Stats: 16 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists on 53.3% FG, 0.0% 3PT, 0.0% FT in 25 minutes
Updated 2018-19 Season Stats: 18.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.3 apg on 50/48/84, 29 mpg
Other Notable Timberwolves:
Karl-Anthony Towns – 35 points, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks (13-20 FG)
Robert Covington – 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals (6-9 FG)
Andrew Wiggins – 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists (11-19 FG)
Jeff Teague – 3 points, 18 assists (1-6 FG)
Taj Gibson – 11 points, 10 rebounds (4-5 FG)
Despite shooting over 50% from the field, but this was nowhere close to a good shooting game for Rose. He missed 2 three point attempts after previously hitting close to 50% for the season, and missed his only two free throws as well. The lowered efficiency should not come as a surprise however, as teams are slowly focusing more effort into defending Rose, even at the three point line. He was still able to score 16 points and played an extremely vital role in coming back from a 15-pt deficit during the game.
Derrick Rose and the Timberwolves (13-12) will face Damian Lillard and the Trailblazers (13-11) on Saturday after a 2-day break. They will play 10 of their next 12 games on the road.