Welcome to the 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 (16-18) just came off a blowout win against the Bulls before heading back home to face the Hawks.
The Hawks got off to a quick start, storming off to a 21-point lead with 8 minutes left in the second quarter. The Timberwolves were able to go on a run, shortening the deficit to 12 points. From there on, the Timberwolves came back led by Rose, Towns and Covington, as they were actually able to take a 7-point lead in the 4th quarter. The game went into overtime following a block from Justin Anderson on Rose’s shot that would’ve won the game. Rose then sat the rest of overtime due to an ankle injury, as the Hawks would eventually win the game.
Game Stats: 25 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal on 41.7% FG, 60.0% 3PT, 100.0% FT in 39 minutes
Updated 2018-19 Season Stats: 18.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.8 apg on 49/46/84, 29.8 mpg
Other Notable Timberwolves:
Karl-Anthony Towns – 31 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks (10-17 FG)
Robert Covington – 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks (10-20 FG)
Andrew Wiggins – 16 points (5-14 FG)
Tyus Jones – 8 points, 6 assists, 4 steals (4-6 FG)
Rose, once again, was amazing, recording back-to-back performances of 24 points and 8 assists, and 25 points and 9 assists, respectively. However, once again, Rose looked gassed during the last few minutes of the fourth quarter, and even suffered a sprained right ankle injury. Rose is known as one of the most easily injured players in the league, so it remains a question why Coach Thibs continues to play him at 38+ minutes per game as a starter. Ideally, Rose should still continue to start for the Timberwolves, but should be limited to 34 minutes at a maximum in order to preserve him for the rest of the season, and potentially the playoffs.
The Timberwolves (16-19) will face off against Josh Richardson and the Miami Heat on Friday. The Heat were rumored to be a possible trade destination for Jimmy Butler before he was shipped off to Philadelphia. The Timberwolves are still 13th in the Western Conference, 3 games away from a .500 record. Both Rose and Teague are doubtful to play, with Rose suffering a sprained right ankle during the fourth quarter of the game. The Wolves will look to Tyus Jones, Jerryd Bayless and Josh Okogie to fill in as they look to win in their last game of 2019.
12/26/2018 (vs Chicago Bulls) – https://uniquesportsplus.com/2018/12/27/derrick-rose-game-analysis-timberwolves-bulls-12-26-2018/
12/19/2018 (vs Detroit Pistons) – https://uniquesportsplus.com/2018/12/21/derrick-rose-game-analysis-timberwolves-vs-pistons-12-19-2018/
12/16/2018 (vs Phoenix Suns) – https://uniquesportsplus.com/2018/12/17/derrick-rose-game-analysis-timberwolves-vs-suns-12-16-2018/