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Frustrated Rose criticizes lack of foul calls in his favor

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Frustrated Rose criticizes lack of foul calls in his favor

As well as Derrick Rose played Monday night he recorded 32 points and seven assists in the Bulls 104-99 win over the Knicks he was none too happy after the game.

Rose, utilizing his typical attacking style of play, drove to the basket time and again against New Yorks defense and while he went to the charity stripe nine times, he expressed his displeasure with the officiating afterwards.

Ive got to be the only superstar in the league thats going through what Im going through right now, he said, referring to his lack of free-throw attempts. But I cant say too much about it.

However, when prodded, the reigning league MVP elaborated about what he believes is unfair treatment.

How many times did I shoot today? And Im the point guard, he said, before discussing his strategy to combat the problem. Keep going hard and make them call it. Keep driving. Just try to put pressure on them. If anything, I was worried about my turnovers.

I could care less right now about being fined by the NBA for his comments, the Englewood native continued. I want to continue to play the way I know how to play. I came in this league a driver. Nothing has changed. Ill continue to play hard and try to win.

Rose revealed that perhaps the games single biggest highlight moment following one of Taj Gibsons eight offensive rebounds, Joakim Noah ended up with the ball, then hit Rose with a gorgeous bounce pass for a powerful one-handed dunk, something hes eschewed lately was motivated by his hard feelings toward the game officials.

I kind of like blacked out right there. Id have to see it to go through it again to tell you how I felt. I probably was mad because they werent calling any calls the whole game, he said. I was just mad I guess. I dont usually dunk it. It takes me a lot to dunk. After that, I dont know what was going on. I probably blacked out a bit. I was just mad I wasnt getting any calls.

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

On the second (turkey) leg of a back-to-back, the Bulls didn't bring much energy in a 110-80 loss to the Utah Jazz. 

Instead of diving into the nitty-gritty of the uninspiring effort, though, we decided to just serve you up a Thanksgiving meal of highlights. Here are the top blocks from Wednesday's game: 

5. Derrick Favors is no Rudy Gobert -- that we know -- but imitation is the highest form of flattery. 

4. Are Bobby Portis chase down blocks the new LeBron James chase down blocks? Let's not get carried away... yet. We'll chalk it up to just a real nice hustle play by Bobby. 

3 and 2. Speaking of hustle plays... Jonas Jerebko isn't exactly known as a dominant defender. He sure made it hard for the Bulls on what should of been an easy fast-break bucket in the third quarter, though. First, he silenced Kris Dunn's reverse. Then, he met Lauri Markkanen at the rim and sent the rookie packing. The Baby Bulls 2.0 can blame it on fatigue, but they just handed Jerebko a highlight tape for years to come.   

1. In fairness, Jerian Grant had to get up a shot as the quarter was coming to a close. It is as vicious as it looks, though.  

Just as we all predicted, two rookies stole the show in L.A.

Just as we all predicted, two rookies stole the show in L.A.

There's not often hype surrounding a game between two of the NBA's worst teams, but Tuesday's Bulls-Lakers matchup was intriguing to many because it offered a chance to see a pair of top rookies compete. 

Oh, but you didn't think we meant Lonzo Ball and Lauri Markkanen, did you?

Nah, it was two different, less-touted first-year players that ended up stealing the spotlight at the Staples Center. 

Kyle Kuzma and Antonio Blakeney may not be household names, but they sure played like they were in the Bulls' 103-94 loss. 

Kuzma, the Lakers rook drafted 27th overall, has been a spark for Luke Walton's squad all season long. Boasting a terrific scoring arsenal, the Utah product carried the load for the Lakers' offense in the first half, dropping 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting. He finished the game as L.A.'s leading scorer with 22 in 40 minutes. But if you still need a more in-depth scouting report on Kuzma, just let Lonzo break it down:  

More importantly for Bulls fans, though, was the play of their undrafted guard who's signed to a two-way deal. 

Blakeney, the unofficial Summer League MVP, came off the bench on Tuesday and immediately left his mark on the game. The 21-year-old out of LSU posted 15 in the first half, finishing through contact as well as connecting on outside jumpers. 

Blakeney's shooting isn't reliable quite yet, but his energy has clearly influenced Hoiberg's rotation. The guard went from playing one NBA minute in the Bulls' first 11 games to playing 75 in the last four. Given that his two-way deal allows him to only spend 45 days with the team, it'll be fascinating to see how creative Gar Forman and John Paxson will get with his contract if this type of production continues. 

In a season that's obviously going to have its share of rough moments, an offseason flyer hitting is a huge plus for the rebuild. 

As for the recognized rookies, Lonzo's shooting woes persisted and Markkanen had maybe his worst offensive performance of his young Bulls career. Combined, they finished 7-for-30 with 21 points. Not ideal.