Monday , Apr , 20 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Michael Beasley Plans to Score 38 to Outshine Derrick Rose

Beasley, the No. 2 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, also had his sights set on Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who was the first pick.

After Beasley watched Rose match Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA rookie record with 36 points Saturday in Chicago’s Game 1 victory at Boston, he sought to make as big a splash in his postseason debut.

”Me and D. Rose, we’re always competing,” Beasley said Sunday. ”He does this, and I have to do that. I do this, and he does that. We go back and forth. I knew he was going to have a good game [Saturday]. I didn’t think it would be that good.”

Asked what he would have to do to outshine Rose as he entered Sunday’s game, Beasley said: ”[Score] 38-plus. I know it’s funny-sounding. But if I don’t do what he did, I’m going to hear about it.”