Two nights ago, Derrick Rose made his first regular season appearance since his knee injury back in the 2012 playoffs. It wasn’t the prettiest game, both for Rose and the Bulls. Rose finished with just 12 points on 4-15 shooting, with 5 turnovers and only 4 assists. The Heat dominated the whole way, taking a 107-95 victory.
Tonight, Rose and the Bulls were back in action – this time at home. It was Rose’s first home game since the injury. Once again, Rose showed flashes of brilliance, but overall didn’t quite look like his old self. Aided by solid, workmen like efforts from the rest of the starting lineup, Rose and the Bulls managed to hang around until the last few seconds.
Then, down 81-80, Rose took command. The Bulls inbounded to Jimmy Butler, who found Rose – open thanks to a few screens – on the right wing. Rose drove to the basket, where he was met by Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton (who had done an excellent job to recover and contest the shot) just outside the paint. Rose jump-stopped, planting and jumping again, floating a shot up and over Chandler’s outstretched arm.
It dropped, and after a last second effort from the Knicks fell short, the Bulls secured their first win of the season. Rose finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
(H/T to @MaxaMillion711 for the video)