Where Derrick Rose Happens (NBA Playoffs)
Now that’s how you make an entrance: Simply tie the rookie playoff high for scoring in a playoff game, a high mark set by some NBA journeyman named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (as Lew Alcindor) — oh, and beat the defending NBA Champs — a team most figured you’d get swept by — while taking their home court advantage away.
That’s just what Derrick Rose did; led the Bulls with 36 points and 11 assists on 12-19 shooting (12-12 from the charity stripe). Not only that, but he completely controlled the flow, and consequently, the outcome of game one of the Bulls/Celtics series. Rose’s first game of the NBA’s “real” season has been called “stunning,” and when you look at his numbers and the way he controlled the flow of the game — even with his Boston counterpart, Rajon Rondo, essentially matching Rose, shot-for-shot — those zealous monikers are awfully accurate.
While it’s hard to say whether or not a rookie will keep this type of play up for the entire series, the idea of watching Rondo and Rose got at it for at least three more games is tantalizing. Of course, the bigger picture here is are the Bulls in a position to sweep another defending NBA champion, something Dwyane Wade is quite familiar with.
Game 2 is tonight.