Derrick Rose put together an impressive performance Tuesday night when Cleveland Cavaliers took on his former team the Chicago Bulls.
While the 3-time All-Star has acknowledged to a degree that his game is now different due to reoccurring injuries, last night he showed flashes of his former MVP self.
Cleveland lost the pre-season contest 108-94, but the final outcome of the game was largely irrelevant. Rather, what stood out most were the highlights provided by Rose, particularly as he provided a boost to the Cavs’ second-team.
On one play in the second quarter, Rose crossed up Bulls guard Justin Holiday to his right, before zipping past Lauri Markkanen for a scooping layup to his left. That play, in particular, was reminiscent of Rose’s prime when he consistently torched opposing defenses with his combination of speed and touch.
Later in the quarter, he demonstrated another way he’s able to affect a game, grabbing a defensive rebound and racing down court before lobbing a no-look alley-oop pass to reserve forward Jeff Green.
Rose finished the game with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. It marked his second straight impressive performance in a Cleveland uniform after he scored 15 points in 14 minutes against the Indiana Pacers last week.