Derrick Rose: Can He Shake LeBron to Win Game 5 For The Chicago Bulls?

Chicago Bulls Star Derrick Rose The Key to Beating The Miami Heat in The 2011 NBA Playoffs

The MVP of the league is on the brink of elimination and he doesn't have the solution to solve the problem.

Derrick Rose was the best player in the league in winning the MVP and his team won a league high 62 games because of his ability to penetrate a defense and either finish strong or find the wide open shooter.

For 82 regular season games and two playoff series it worked perfectly, but now the Heat have figured out how to stop Rose—and subsequently the Bulls.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been guarding Rose for the majority of the series and both players have done an excellent job of cutting off his ability to penetrate. Without the defense having to collapse, Rose hasn't been able to find the open man and the offense has become stagnant.

Doug Smith of the Toronto Star talks about the lack of help from teammates:

Rose has had a hard time living up to that trust and it’s cost the Bulls dearly. It’s not that he’s lost his skills — he remains explosive and athletic — it’s that the Heat are paying so much attention to him, it’s stifling his play and no one from the Bulls has consistently taken up the slack.

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For the Bulls to win Game Five, Rose has to find a way to get in the paint. He should and can do this because he may truly be the fastest player with the ball in his hands in the entire NBA.

But after exerting maximum effort for three quarters, he just doesn't have enough left in the tank when LeBron switches onto him. Without his ability to drive, the rest of the team is rendered useless and the Heat take full-advantage.

The writing is on the wall, Rose has given Miami his best right hook, he simply doesn't have the supporting cast to back him up.

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