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With ankle improving, Rose has 'amnesia' from Heat game

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With ankle improving, Rose has 'amnesia' from Heat game

DEERFIELD, Ill. - Two days after his career-low two-point outing in the Bulls thrilling overtime win over the Heat, in which he shot a nightmarish 1-for-13 from the field, Derrick Rose claimed he had amnesia.

"It was just one of those games, said the reigning league MVP following the Bulls Saturday-afternoon practice at the Berto Center, after which the team left for Detroit in advance of Sundays game against the Pistons. I forgot about that game and its on to the next one.

We have a good team. Only thing I can take from it, continued Rose. Of course I didnt play up to the ability I can play at and we still found a way to win the game. Weve got a deep team.

Rose, who watched film of Thursdays win with Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau after practice said he was Just seeing how they were defensively and how open people were on the weak side. Her wore a thick wrap around his right ankle and though he was a full participant in Saturdays session, he admitted that the injury severely hampered him against Miami.

When your ankles hurting, you cant move. You know how a sore ankle is. Bone is tender, cant get around like that or you tend to walk around, he acknowledged. When I was out there, it was definitely sore. An ankle injurys definitely going to be sore. If you play basketball, you would know that. But right now, its getting better and hopefully Ill be able to make some shots tomorrow.

Added Thibodeau, the perceived frontrunner for the leagues top-coaching honors for the second straight season: Rose is doing great. He came in yesterday, got a lot of work in yesterday. Hes feeling really good.

After two supbar performances since returning from a strained right groin that kept him out of 12 consecutive contests - he scored 29 points, but shot only 8-for-26 from the field in an Easter Sunday overtime loss at New York before sitting out Tuesdays home win over the Knicks with the ankle sprain, then returning for Thursdays victory - Rose was optimistic about his chances of bouncing back strong in the near future.

Its getting better every day and improving. Im just trying to work on my health, stay positive, like I always say, and keep my spirits up, he said. Shooting, running, shooting off the dribble, things like that to keep my rhythm up. Just try to get back quicker, just playing one-on-one, stuff like that.

Roses conditioning is all right. During the game, it didnt bother me. I think Ive been running enough. Beginning of the season, even when I was out with the groin injury, I took probably a week or something off. Then, I was running a little bit, working on my cardio in the pool and I think Im all right, he continued. Its possible that Rose plays more minutes in the Bulls final seven games of the season, yeah. I would love to. Its really up to Thibs, to see how much hes going to play me.

Seven years ago today LeBron James slammed the Bulls' championship window shut

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Seven years ago today LeBron James slammed the Bulls' championship window shut

The Bulls couldn't have known it at the time, but when LeBron James blocked a Derrick Rose 3-point attempt in the final seconds of Game 5 in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, it was the closest those Bulls would ever get to the promised land.

It happened on May 26, 2011, seven long, long, long years ago today.

The game was an ugly one and certainly a fourth quarter the Bulls would love to have back. They took a 12-point lead on a Ronnie Brewer 3-pointer with 3:53 remaining. The Heat closed the game on a 19-4 run, with James' emphatic block on Rose the lasting image of the series.

James finished with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds, and added six assists, three steals and two blocks in 46 minutes.

Rose went just 9-for-29, finishing the series shooting 35 percent from the field after being named league MVP over James.

It's probably unfair to say James and James alone shut the Bulls' championship window. Rose's ACL tear the following postseason realistically was the biggest culprit. But these Bulls had won 62 games, had homecourt advantage, had the MVP, the Coach of the Year and all the momentum. And still they couldn't get it done against James.

That win also sent James to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007. He's been there every year since, though that could change as he faces the Celtics on Sunday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson scored 10 of 12 points for the Bulls during a fourth quarter run in Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals, the series clincher, and famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch that series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.