The Stat Line Of The Night — 4/7/11 — Derrick Rose
While the Chicago Bulls couldn’t officially clinch top spot in the Eastern Conference, they could make it as close as possible to a sure thing with a win over the Boston Celtics at the United Center last night. No only would they get that win, but they would do so in a rather impressive fashion, blowing away last year’s Eastern Conference champions by a score of 97-81.
It seems only fitting that in a game where the Bulls nearly cement a number-one seed in the playoffs, their star guard, Derrick Rose, essentially cements himself as the Most Valuable Player of the 2010-11 NBA season. The former Memphis Tiger was unstoppable, scoring 30 points while recording eight assists, five rebounds and two steals.
With four games remaining, the Bulls can enjoy these regular season accolades for the time being, but they will need to move on quickly and begin thinking about the playoffs if they expect to make a deep run this year. Despite having solid depth throughout their roster, Chicago’s greatest key to success lies in the hands of a single man, Derrick Rose. He will need to remain in M.V.P. form once the second season begins. For now, he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, April 7, 2011.