The Scoop: He must not have had many difficult classes in his day. Rose is sitting at 27.3 percent from the field and is 1-of-17 from beyond the arc, which gives him an effective field goal percentage of 28.2 in eight FIBA games. As a reference point, Michael Carter-Williams finished last among qualifiers with a 43.1 effective field goal percentage last season. Despite what he says, Rose really needs a strong game in the final to help his confidence.
The Scoop:Rose stayed healthy and helped Team USA to the gold medal, though he averaged only 4.8 points on 25.4 percent shooting and was a combined 1-of-19 from downtown. He also had 18 turnovers to go along with his 28 assists, and will need to scrape off a few more layers of rust before Chicago's season opener vs. the Knicks on Oct. 29.
The Scoop:"I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish but win this championship. That's tomorrow," Rose said. He's saying all the right things, but his performances are speaking much louder volumes. Rose's jumper seems to be broken right now, and maybe he'll get it figured out before the regular season starts.
The Scoop:He gets bonus points for his unwavering confidence, but Rose has somehow shot just 1-of-17 from downtown in the tournament, and looked horrible against Lithuania on Thursday, making just 1-of-8 from the field. He's only had one good game in FIBA and will to make it two in the final on Sunday.
Derrick Rose's abysmal FIBA World Cup continued on Thursday, making 1-of-8 from the field for four points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and three turnovers against Lithuania on Thursday.
The Scoop:Well, so much for that 6-of-10 shooting line on Tuesday carrying over into the semifinal. Rose is now just 1-of-17 from beyond the arc in the tournament and his jumper has been useless. He's still getting around people with his dribble, but he's now had eight games to shake off the rust, and it's becoming even more difficult to give him a pass. Fantasy owners should just let someone else deal with him at this point.
It’s a pat routine that, thankfully for Team USA and its fans, has played out to perfection in the years since its 2006 World Championship embarrassment. The squad starts slow, it questions its own offensive decisions and relies on defensive gambles to make an impact, and eventually overcomes its lacking opponent with superior execution, intelligence, quickness and athleticism. Team USA didn’t look like world-beaters in the first half of its eventual 119-76 win over Slovenia on Tuesday, but that hardly mattered in the long run. The team was literally too big to fail. The outcome was never in question, not even after coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad missed 10 of its first 11 shots in the face of a game Slovenian opponent. The same bugaboos continued to haunt each of its players in what at times resembles a type of All-Star game. Team USA’s scorers doubted their shots early on, sometimes falling victim to Slovenia’s matchup zone, wondering if one high percentage look was more valuable than the one it decided against. That lack of confidence added to a slow offensive start, but Slovenia was unable to create distance between themselves and its opponents despite all those back-rimmed gifts. Slovenia’s Dragic brothers – Goran and Zoran – were the clear stars for their country on Tuesday, combining for 24 points on 27 shots alongside nine boards and four assists (all from Goran), but their feints and finishes weren’t enough to stand in the way of a withering offensive attack from Team USA. With Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried manning the paint, coach K’s squad stuck like glue to Slovenia’s perimeter attack, forcing the team into a 30 percent shooting night from behind the arc. Slovenia didn’t help its cause by missing nearly half of its free throws, and the squad’s 25 turnovers were the biggest reason behind the eventual blowout. Team USA, after that touchy start, went on to make 9-19 three-pointers of its own, working toward a 47 percent mark, and everyone seemed to get a taste. Klay Thompson led the team with 20 points, but some of his digits were chalked up during an extended garbage time run – garbage time that resulted in the team scoring the most points of its World Cup turn. Davis and Faried were brilliant on both ends, combining for 27 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks, and Slovenia never threatened the Team USA lead in the second half. And then there was Derrick Rose, who finished with 12 points and five assists. Oh, there was Derrick Rose: This is how things work for this outfit. Pressed into immediate duty, Team USA is never going to develop the sort of chemistry needed to make quick and appropriate decisions on either side of the ball. This isn’t quite a ramshackle outfit, and these aren’t exhibition games, but these World Cup paces fall closer in line with an All-Star Game in February than they do, say, San Antonio extra-passing its way toward paydirt in mid-June. That’s not to the discredit of the players nor the coaching staff, it’s just the nature of the context at hand. For Team USA to let itself down in relative terms during a 49-40 first half before exploding in the second half is par for the course at this point. Even with the compressed FIBA World Cup schedule, the team is still learning how it likes to work together, and where the ball and the bodies need to move to. A teetering 70-34 second half advantage makes this knowledge go down a whole heck of a lot easier. The plan won’t change. Sound, winning basketball is usually forged through unyielding defensive principles and endless offensive movement on the other end of the floor. Those orthodox standards won’t consistently occur with Team USA, because the quickest and smartest way to get from Point A to Point B is to take chances defensively and improvise offensively. Coach K is not going to create an All-Star version of the Spurs in a short amount of time, he has talents to attend to, and Lithuania to deal with on Thursday. Lucky him. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
Derrick Rose has shot 1-of-13 from beyond the arc through seven games at the FIBA World Cup.
The Scoop:He's averaging just 5.6 points in the tournament, but to his credit he's adding 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in just 18 minutes per game. He looked sharper and more aggressive vs. Slovenia during Tuesday's quarterfinals, scoring 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. With any luck his 3-point drought is temporary -- he was hitting 1.6 triples on a career-high 34.0 percent shooting from deep in 10 games last season.
The Scoop:ESPN's Marc Stein added that a source told him that Rose's jumper looks a little different. He is shooting a pathetic 21.6 percent from the field in FIBA while the rest of Team USA is shooting over 55 percent. We'll let you know how he fares on Tuesday.
The Scoop:"If you look at the missed layups, those are ones he usually makes, so that will come,'' Thibodeau told reporters. "As he finds the rhythm of the game, it will get better and better for him... He's not playing a lot of minutes, so that's different for him, but he's finding his way." Rose also said that he was "laughing" about going scoreless in USAB's game vs. Mexico, and added that it's hard to come into games aggressively looking to score when your team is up by 20 points. Rose has not had a good tournament, struggling to score against weak defenses (21.6 percent from the field), but some rust is to be expected after only playing in 10 games over two years. It'll be interesting to see how he performs during preseason when he'll be asked to score as the team's number one option on offense. Rose remains an extremely risky selection come draft day.
Derrick Rose went scoreless on his five attempts from the field vs. Mexico on Saturday, adding two rebounds, four assists, one steal and three turnovers.
The Scoop:This has not been a great week for Rose. He's had some positives with his lateral quickness, but he isn't elevating like he used, he's turning the ball over too often, and now he's shooting an abysmal 21.6 percent from the field. There's no reason to overreact, but this is even tougher to swallow considering how great his teammates have looked.
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