The last time former NBA MVP Derrick Rose was in a playoff game, he tore his left ACL against the Philadelphia 76ers and missed the remainder of the playoffs and the entire 2012-2013 season. He then went down 10 games into the 2013-2014 season with another knee injury, which rendered the $94.8 million point guard an expensive spectator. Despite a third knee injury late in the 2014-2015 season, Rose made an impressive return to postseason action in the Bulls first round playoff matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Rose scored 23 points on nine of 16 shooting and dished seven assists in his 27 minutes of playing time. The Chicago native showed little if any signs of rust hitting three of his seven three-point attempts and generally dominating his matchup with Bucks point guard and former Rookie Of The Year Michael Carter-Williams.
Rose also showed his signature explosiveness on several drives to the hoop, including a two-handed dunk to fire up the United Center crowd as the Bulls cruised to a 103-91 victory in their best of seven series with the Bucks. Game two is scheduled for 8:00 pm EST Monday in Chicago.