(CHICAGO) — Derrick Rose had not played in a playoff game in nearly three full years before Saturday night’s Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks. All Rose did for a postseason reboot was drop 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting and seven assists to energize the United Center crowd in the Bulls 103-91 victory.
Ahead of Monday night’s Game 2, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose is just scratching the surface.
“I think he can go to a different level,” Thibodeau said after Monday’s shoot around. “Like most games there are some things he did very well and there are some things he can improve upon.”
Dating back to the 2010 postseason, Rose has now exceeded the 20 point mark in 27 of his last 30 playoff games.
The Bulls host the Bucks at 7 p.m. Kirk Hinrich has been ruled out for the game.