Derrick Rose Shows Flashes of Former Dominance and Other Friday NBA Takeaways

December 12th, 2014 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »

President Barack Obama offered a prescient assessment of the Chicago Bulls on Friday morning, telling ESPN’s Colin Cowherd he believes his home team has what it takes to keep LeBron James from making his fifth consecutive NBA Finals. 

"The [Cleveland Cavaliers] are starting to jell," he said, via's Cody Westerlund. "I just like [head coach Tom] Thibodeau as a coach. The guy's tough. They play hard. [Joakim] Noah's a fighter. If [Derrick] Rose—even if he doesn't come back to MVP level—if he's playing at an All-Star level, I think the Bulls can beat the Cavs this year."

The former MVP was certainly in All-Star form Friday night, tallying a season-high 31 points in Chicago's 115-106 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers.

He extended the lead to six points with 50.4 seconds remaining in regulation, burying a cold-blooded mid-range jumper off the dribble and capping off his most aggressive offensive performance in a very long time. 

It was Rose's first 30-point outing since March 12, 2012—which also happens to be the last ...

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