Derrick Rose showed glimpses of his MVP form Thursday night, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 113-106 double-overtime win in Milwaukee.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd on Rose: "He's playing as the MVP."
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 24, 2015
Rose shredded the Bucks for a season-high 34 points—it was the most he’s scored since his knee injury in 2012, and his 48 minutes represented the biggest chunk of playing time since the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals.
Per the Chicago Tribune:
A large contingent of the NBA fandom already is salivating over a Bulls-Cavaliers second-round matchup. […] “Hell no, I’m not thinking ahead,” Rose said.
He should. That series is coming after the Bulls not only seized a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 lead in this best-of-seven series but rallied from an 18-point deficit and then dodged several late bullets to break the Bucks’ spirit. No team in NBA history has rallied from a 3-0 hole. […] The Bulls and Cavaliers, who took a 3-0 series lead Thursday over the Celtics, can finish their sweeps this weekend.
Eight games into his latest comeback — which one is this again? — Rose looks in total command of his game. […] Added Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau: “He’s back with the attack mode.” […] “It’s playoff basketball,” he said. “I’m still trying to catch a rhythm and just trying to push myself. Sometimes I still get winded. But I’m just playing, no expectations. I’m having fun. And I love competing.”