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John Wall on first meeting with Derrick Rose: "It's a big game"

By Michael Lee

You ready for this to get real? (Dennis Wierzbicki/US Presswire)


When Derrick Rose and John Wall met in the preseason, the two electrifying point guards raced around each other as if they were in stock cars, leaving their college coach John Calipari to ask to most pertinent question about them: "Who's faster?"

Rose went with Wall, adding that the rookie "is going to be a problem in the NBA."

With the last two point guards to go No. 1 overall meeting for the first time in the regular season on Saturday at United Center, Rose is already impressed with how Wall has adjusted to the league. He was asked about Wall's triple double against Houston on Friday and told the Chicago Tribune, "I swear that's something I don't think I'll ever get."

In his third season, Rose is just starting to get points-assists double-doubles down. He has three this season, after only getting six last season. Wall already has four doubles in that variety in his first seven games.

The Bulls easily handled the Wizards in the preseason, 107-96, as Rose had 18 points and five assists and Wall had 11 points and six assists. Afterward, Wall said their battle "will be a great matchup for years to come."

It should at least be a must-see matchup on Saturday, with Wall averaging 18.4 points and 10.3 asssits and Rose averaging 23.6 points and 9.7 assists. Wall and Rose both credit former Wizard Rod Strickland for preparing them for the league, and they clearly benefited from Calipari's dribble-drive offense. They are both incredibly fast, with Wall having the advantage in height and floor vision and Rose the stronger of the two. Rose also looks to score more; he's had two games this season with 27 or more shots.

When asked how he would avoid an individual duel on Saturday, Wall said, "Same thing we did the first time, just run the offense. If I have the opportunity to score or find my teammates, I'll do that. It's a big game. A test for us."

Wall was speaking of the Wizards, but it's a big test for him, as well. In the past three Wizards losses to New York, Cleveland and Charlotte, Wall has either lost or come up with a draw against Raymond Felton, Mo Williams and D.J. Augustin. Although Williams has made been named an all-star, none of those three are in the same class as Rose, who won a gold medal this summer for Team USA.

Rose told ESPNChicago.com that he was ready to prepared to attack Wall to "see where he's at." Rose added, "I've got an old-school mentality where I'm trying to get people to fear me. So every night I'm going to come at you."

A day later, Rose said he wouldn't let the individual battle take away from his focusing on helping the Bulls win their third game in a row. "I'm not too worried about the matchup,'' Rose told the Chicago Sun-Times. ''It's all about winning games, and that's all I'm trying to do right now -- put my team in a position to win every time I step out on the court. Every point guard brings something new. [Wall] brings quickness and strength. [It's] going to be an exciting night.''

By Michael Lee  | November 13, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
Categories:  John Wall  
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Another game on ComcastPLUS, great!

I'm glad the Caps are doing great but I don't know how many Wiz games I can stand on BLURRY VISION.

Posted by: gmac78 | November 13, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

You can also watch the game on WGN out of Chicago.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 13, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Interesting times at SG in Chicago, with Keith Bogans continuing to start with Ronnie Brewer coming off the bench. Of course Derrick Rose is actually the scorer in the group. Bogans is averaging about 5 shots in 25 minutes, Brewer 3-4 shots in 13 minutes. That's a total of 8 or 9 FG attempts in the 38 minutes between them. Bogans said in a Trib article:

"If he told me to shoot more, I wouldn't hesitate...but that's not my job. I know my role is to play defense and bring energy."

"Bogans is averaging 4.3 points and 2.2 assists in 25 minutes. Brewer is at 4.5 points and one assist in 12."

Posted by: Samson151 | November 13, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Eight or nine FG attempts in 38 minutes? That is patently absurd for a SG.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 13, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Interesting times at SG in Chicago, with Keith Bogans continuing to start with Ronnie Brewer coming off the bench. Of course Derrick Rose is actually the scorer in the group. Bogans is averaging about 5 shots in 25 minutes, Brewer 3-4 shots in 13 minutes. That's a total of 8 or 9 FG attempts in the 38 minutes between them.

Rose takes about 20FGAs/night. Russell Westbrook and Durantula probably avg the same. Do the Wiz want John Wall shooting that much?

Posted by: divi3 | November 13, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Understand that Flip is looking at tweaking his rotation so that he can have his best rebounders on the floor.

I am really interested to see what that means.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 13, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Eight or nine FG attempts in 38 minutes? That is patently absurd for a SG.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 13, 2010 6:25 PM

Do you want John Wall taking 20+ shots a night? Gil taking 20 a night? Cause that's how the Thabo Sepholosha SG model you're apparently in love with is set up.

Posted by: divi3 | November 13, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I am living in Maryland(Howard ounty) Where can i find comast plus?

Posted by: gtefferra | November 13, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

"Do you want John Wall taking 20+ shots a night? Gil taking 20 a night? Cause that's how the Thabo Sepholosha SG model you're apparently in love with is set up."

Posted by: divi3 | November 13, 2010 7:37 PM

Building a straw man and moving the goal posts at the same time? An impressive feat of multitasking.

Transparent nonsense of course, but impressive nonetheless.

I'm "apparently in love" with Thabo Sefalosha because I made a single mention of his name in direct refutation of your daily round of target practice at Kirk Hinrich?Really? Yeah, okay. Whatever.

As for the rest . . .

Funny, but you made no mention of sparing us the indignity of Wall or Arenas shooting the ball when you first unloaded on Hinrich. You simply said it was "patently absurd" for a SG to take 7 shots in a game. I gave two examples to the contrary. Samson gave another. And, as is your custom, after someone disproves what we shall euphemistically call your "point" you jump back in with a shiny new reinterpretation of said "point."

It's all nonsense of course, because (A) Wall or Arenas taking "20+ shots a night" is not by any means the sole inevitable alternative to Hinrich only taking 7 or 8. Nor is Hinrich (A) shooting more or (B) playing less the only solution to the team's supposed need for more offense (leaving aside, for now, the obvious question of whether a lack of offense is really the team's biggest problem). Last I checked, there were 12 other guys on the team. Also, contrary to the impression you're trying to create, Hinrich is not playing 35-40 mpg at SG. He's splitting his time between the 1 and the 2, which means his responsibilities are mixed, so judging him solely on how many shots he takes is myopically ridiculous.

More significantly, your initial rant was unleashed under the cover of angling for more PT for your boy Nick Young, so the real question is who would we rather have on the floor when it counts: Hinrich or Young.

That's a rhetorical question, of course.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 13, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Chicago seems to want Rose carrying the scoring load. From time to time, they have someone else at the point, with Derrick sliding over. He's not a good outside shooter, so another player has to compensate. Ronnie Brewer is a very good passer & open court player, and a decent defender; Bogans is a very good defender and a respectable outside shooter. For the moment, Tom Thibodeaux seems to think Bogans should get more minutes. That might change, particularly if Rose is ever consistent from outside. He was pretty bad from the arc last season.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 13, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Keeping track of the ebb and flow of the game and how it turns has much to do with player rotations affecting good play as well as bad.

LarryInClitonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 13, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

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