Biggest Takeaways from Derrick Rose’s Stellar Performance Against the Cavaliers

October 21st, 2014 by Jesse Pantuosco Leave a reply »

Derrick Rose is back, and it feels like he never left.

The Chicago Bulls point guard turned in a vintage effort Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, contributing 30 points in only 24 minutes of action. It was easily his best scoring output of the preseason.

Remember, Rose is only 11 months removed from a torn meniscus. And before that, a torn left ACL sidelined Rose for the entire 2012-13 campaign.

Monday was probably the closest we’ve seen to the old Rose. ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell had nothing but good things to say about Rose following his breakout performance.

Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears had his reservations about Rose after his subpar showing at the World Cup this summer, but Monday’s game won him over.

Though Rose deflected praise after the game, Bulls center Joakim Noah was clearly excited to see the former MVP play at such a high level.

“He’s our big gun,” said Noah via ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “So just to see him play like that, I know how hard he’s worked to get here.”

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