After the game, Rose acknowledged what everyone was thinking: He didn’t give that MVP performance.
“Tonight definitely was on me,’’ ”http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-05-24/sports/ct-spt-0525-bulls-rose—20110524_1_derrick-rose-james-heat-coach-erik-spoelstra" >Rose said. "I had two opportunities to end the game. Couldn’t do it. If anything, learn from it.’’
It’s hard to argue with that: Rose went a total of 1-for-8 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Rose didn’t even need to be great down the stretch. If he had even been good, this would be a very different series right now.
Rose also tried to emphasize the positive, saying, “It’s not over.” But it definitely feels over: It’s hard to picture the Bulls now beating the Heat three straight.
“”http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/gameflash/2011/05/24/29765_recap.html" >All I can do now is put it behind me and go forward," Rose said.
For Rose, going forward may mean next season. This season appears to be just about over.