The Bulls beat the Cavaliers on the NBA's opening night, and despite the fact that Derrick Rose needed to wear a protective mask as his fractured orbital bone continues to heal, he looked sharp at times, and ended up finishing with 18 points and five assists in 32 minutes of action.
But Rose shot just 8-of-22 from the field, and was checked by Matthew Dellavedova for stretches, who has a reputation of being one of the league's more tenacious defenders.
When Rose was asked afterward to discuss the matchup with Dellavedova, however, he struggled to keep a straight face while trying not to be too dismissive of the somewhat ridiculous question.
"To tell you the truth, I'm not into that matchup," Rose said. "I don't know, he's a great player, a great hard player but I don't know what else I can say about him. I'm not into that matchup. It's no matchup."
Others around the league have been more overt in throwing shade Dellavedova's way, most notably Klay Thompson's father during the NBA Finals. But the way Rose hilariously tries not to smile or laugh while complementing his opponent might have been even more damaging.
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