Derrick Rose Exceeds All Expectations in Triumphant Return to NBA Playoffs

April 18th, 2015 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — Derrick Rose didn’t want to admit that this game was different than all of the others, but even he couldn’t help himself. Normally, Rose reacts the same to everything—low-key and soft-spoken, whether he’s talking about a 30-point performance, a 1-of-13 shooting night or a season-ending knee surgery.

But Saturday night was different.

It was Rose’s first playoff game in three years—his first time on that stage since the torn ACL in 2012 that radically altered the course of his career. He couldn’t help a few fist-pumps when things were going well, and a lot went well on Saturday as Rose scored 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting to power the Chicago Bulls over the Milwaukee Bucks by a score of 103-91, taking a 1-0 series lead.

Nobody on earth would begrudge him for showing a little more emotion than usual given the momentousness of the occasion. But he still felt the need to explain it.

“When you miss a long period of time playing the sport that you love and dedicating your entire life to one craft or an art, it comes out in a weird way,” ...

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