Mask or No Mask, Chicago Bulls Need More from Derrick Rose

December 10th, 2015 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — The legend of the mask? Not so fast.

When Derrick Rose took the court for the start of the second half of the Chicago Bulls’ 83-80 Thursday night win over the Los Angeles Clippers, he was without the mask that has covered his face all season. Rose has worn it in every game since suffering an orbital-bone fracture below his left eye during training camp—more out of force of habit than anything.

After an awful first half, in which Rose shot 0-of-3 from the field with two turnovers in just over 10 minutes, was the removal a sign of desperation? Would this be a turning point that's similar to LeBron James ditching his headband partway through the 2013 NBA Finals?

Turns out, it just slipped Rose’s mind.

“When I went out there, the play started, and I forgot to put it on,” Rose said after the game. “I said, ‘You know what? I’m just going to leave it on the side.’ And it worked out for me.”

Rose scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, attacking the rim and even making a three-pointer. It wasn’t a domi ...

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