http://m.espn.go.com/nba/story?storyId=12197573CLEVELAND -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose isn't holding in his frustration any longer.
After watching his team give another lackluster effort and lose for the sixth time in the past eight games with a 108-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, the former MVP delivered some emotional words.
"Everybody has to be on the same page," Rose said. "Until then, we're going to continue to get our ass kicked."
Asked who was not on the same page, Rose was quick with a response.
"It's just the whole team," he said.
The Bulls canceled practice on Tuesday.
Rose's comments come amid one of the worst stretches of the Tom Thibodeau era.
The part that irritates players and coaches isn't so much the losing, especially given that the Bulls are playing without starters Joakim Noah (knee/ankle) and Mike Dunleavy (ankle). It's that they're not playing with the type of intensity that has come to define them over Thibodeau's five years as coach in Chicago.
"I think communication is huge," Rose said. "We're quiet when we're out there, and it's leading to them getting easy baskets. We got to give a better effort. It seems like we're not even competing, and it's f---ing irritating."