Derrick Rose put the Knicks on his again down the stretch in Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans, scoring eight factors within the fourth — 5 on back-to-back possessions with about two minutes left to play — and dished out the sport tying help as nicely.
The veteran PG completed with 23 factors, 5 assists and three rebounds in 35 minutes off the bench.
After the sport, Tom Thibodeau praised Rose for the participant that he is turn out to be over a lot time — and ache — on this league, and the way he is nonetheless capable of rise to the event when wanted.
“Properly that is who Derrick is, he is at all times been that kind of man,” Thibodeau stated. “He is an amazing teammate, at all times places the staff first and he is had a hell of a profession. If individuals checked out him intently, and also you see, apart from the occasions that he was not wholesome, he is performed very nicely all through his profession.
“No second’s too large for him, he has loads of poise underneath strain. The play that he made to tug individuals in to arrange Reggie [Bullock] …. that is what we’d like.”
With the Knicks down three after the Pelicans made a comeback and seven.8 seconds left to play, Rose received into the lane, pulling Lonzo Ball onto him simply sufficient to search out Bullock within the nook for a game-tying three with 2.3 seconds left, that finally led to extra time and the win.
“With this staff, I haven’t got to do a lot,” Rose stated. “After I was in Chicago, I at all times had the strain of getting to attain 25-30 factors each night time for us to actually have a probability. Right here, I can sort of see what the sport wants and simply attempt to modify…It is nice being on an amazing younger staff the place all people’s locked in, and all people loves enjoying with each other, and all people’s on the identical web page, and that is to win video games.”
“He is nice within the decide and roll, he attracts loads of consideration,” Bullock stated of Rose. “Gamers like myself, different shooters on my staff simply received to remain spaced and he is at all times going to make the appropriate learn. …He kicked in out and he trusted in me to have the ability to knock the shot down and that is what I did. And I thank him and my teammates for persevering with to inform me to shoot all night time.”
The Knicks at the moment are 4 video games over .500 and are making a powerful late push for that No. 4 seed within the East, with potential house court docket benefit on the road within the first spherical.