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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has insisted that the team can get even better this season and they can certainly make a run for a championship this year.
The Bulls made it seven straight wins on Monday night with victory over the Indiana Pacers, and they are starting to put their pieces together to form a legitimate looking championship contender.
Rose has continued to find his feet while Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol play at an All-Star level, however there is still plenty of improvement and experience to be gained for the roster as a whole.
“I think we can,” Rose said before Monday’s shootaround. “I don’t want to jinx ourselves, but I think we can really make a run for this [championship] this year. But it just takes focus, discipline, and we got to sacrifice a little bit.”
The 26-year-old went on to discuss how he is enjoying not having the offensive burden on his shoulders entirely this season, and he is relishing the opportunity to play alongside his new teammates as he described the current roster as arguably the best since arriving at the organisation.
“It’s a good feeling,” Rose said.
“First time I’ve ever had that while I’ve been in the league. It takes a lot of pressure off everyone, where someone can easily go off for 15 or 20 points within a couple of quarters and put the [opposing] team away pretty quick. It’s fun. We don’t take it for granted, and we just know that we could always improve every day.”
Coach Tom Thibodeau insisted that he is pleased with the way that the Bulls are playing on both sides of the ball now but they must maintain their focus and sustain their current form.
Meanwhile, Rose also said he was enjoying stringing games together after a few injury plagued years and he has started getting used to taking over games late in the fourth quarters.