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The Resurgence of Rose

Jarret Bailey, Sports Writer

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With his team currently leading their playoffs series against the Bucks 3-2, Chicago Bulls Point Guard Derrick Rose is showing signs of his former self. Whether it’s by twisting and turning his body for a layup or gliding through the lane almost effortlessly, the 2011 MVP seems to be on cloud 9 with his play. Now, he did only go 5-20 with his shots in Monday night’s game, but looking at the series as a whole, he’s been a huge factor. For example, look back at game three when he played 48 minutes and scored 34 points. And it’s not only his production in terms of points, this guy is excited to be playing. Look at the highlights and they’ll speak for themselves. In warm-ups, he’s got that swagger that he’s always brought to his game where it’s like he knows how good he can be. During the game, he’s starting to get fired up after making big plays again. Now, you can watch any NBA playoff game and see the same thing, but with Rose and everything that he’s gone through within the past three seasons, it’s a whole different level of desire and intensity.

You have to remember, this is Rose’s first playoff action in three years due to various injuries that have sidelined him for the previous two playoff runs. Speaking on behalf of Bulls fans everywhere, Derrick Rose hasn’t gone through all of this alone. I remember watching the game in which he tore his ACL in 2012 against the 76ers and just gasping as I saw him fall to the court, thinking to myself “please get up Derrick”. I remember the excitement I felt when he came back after sitting out all of 2013, and then having that excitement turn to dismay after he injured his leg again. You can pull up the tapes yourself and just look at the faces of Chicago fans when both of these incidents occurred; we were all suffering with Derrick Rose. With this season, although he missed some time again, it was good to have him back for a large majority of the season. That feeling of being in shock and awe as we watched him do things he used to with the basketball started to slowly, but surely, return. Now that he seems to be making progress to getting back where he was, this Bulls team is ready to make some noise, with their exciting superstar point guard back at the helm.

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