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April 25, 2015 Updates

They are little things, but they are big things because they speak to maturity, commitment and responsibility. That’s what’s enabled Rose to return as a game changing player while the Bulls hope to change what’s been their destiny without Rose. “Derrick, it’s not that he’s old; his best years are coming,” maintains Thibodeau. “He’s had to navigate through adversity; it’s made him a lot stronger mentally. Now we have a chance. The challenge is not only bringing the best out of himself, but to bring the best out of all his teammates. He’s probably doing that as well as he ever has. He had several plays he had dribble penetration into the lane, the kick out to Mike or Tony (Snell) or Jimmy that led to high percentage shots, great chemistry with Pau (Gasol) on the pick and roll. He’s a little more patient, but he’s also bringing the best out of his teammates.” NBA.com

April 24, 2015 Updates

The win put the Bulls up 3-0 in the series, while the Cavaliers matched it, taking a commanding 3-0 lead over the Boston Celtics. So certainly the Cavs have to be on Rose’s radar, right? “Hell no. I’m not thinking ahead,’’ Rose, who scored a season-best 34 points, insisted. “Just trying to get better every game and push myself.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

April 22, 2015 Updates

Well, that’s not exactly how Derrick Rose phrased it after Bulls practice Tuesday following the Bulls going ahead 2-0 in the first round playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks. “It’s all about the team,” Rose told reporters of his favored philosophy. “I could care less about myself and how I’m performing. As long as we get the win, as long as everybody is playing well and we get the victory, that’s the only thing we care about. (We) started off kind of sluggish in the first half (ahead 39-38), but you’ve got to find ways to win in the playoffs. That’s the great thing about it. “I could have gone 0-for-35, 40,” added Rose. “As long as we get the win I could care less about the way I shot. We won. A lot of people picked up the slack with Jimmy (Butler) and Pau (Gasol) and everybody else making hustles plays.” NBA.com

And playing with Rose, who perhaps made the most important statement of all with 38 minutes and reporting no physical problems the day after. “I feel good,” said Rose. “I’m real confident in my body and how hard I worked to get back here, and I feel great today. As far as playing those type of minutes every game, we’ll have to see. I know that we have a dangerous team. It just takes us coming out and playing with that aggression right away and everybody following behind. But I don’t have to worry about anything. Just go out and play.’’ Soreness? Aches? “None,” said Rose. “Feeling great.’’ NBA.com

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"I was tired as hell. I just had to catch my breath," Rose said following his 23-point, seven-assist performance as the Bulls took Game 1 over Milwaukee 103-91. "All I heard was Joakim (Noah) telling me to take my time. Usually that's something I tell him when he's about to get up. Just a veteran move." In just his sixth game back following his second meniscus surgery, Rose lit up Carter-Williams with his signature drives and circus, reverse-style finishes. He split defenders, attacked the lane, and danced around the paint, soaking up every moment of his postseason return. "I only had three goals tonight, and that was to have fun, have no expectations and to compete." USA Today Sports

April 18, 2015 Updates

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