It seems like a lifetime ago since Derrick Rose was named the MVP of the NBA, but the point guard showed off flashes of that talent during Game 4 of the first-round playoff series between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets on Monday night.
The Rockets defeated the Timberwolves 119-100 at the Target Center in Minneapolis last night to move to a 3-1 advantage in their first-round playoff series, as Minnesota was unable to contain Houston's dynamic duo of James Harden and Chris Paul, who finished with 36 points and 25 points respectively.
Rose, however, had a solid game for the Timberwolves off the bench, as he finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and four assists, while also shooting 7-of-11 from the field. It was almost as if someone had jumped in a time machine and brought the 2011 MVP-winning Rose of the Chicago Bulls.
The Minnesota guard showed glimpses of his previous MVP form during the game on Monday night. One of these moments occurred during the second quarter when he leaped into the air to catch a rebound from a Harden three-pointer attempt.
Upon catching the ball, Rose landed back on his feet and immediately went coast-to-coast, driving to the Rockets basket for the score which leveled the game at 46 apiece with just under three minutes to go until halftime.
Unfortunately for Rose and the Timberwolves, by the end of the third quarter, the game was pretty much out of reach, as the Rockets achieved a staggering 50 points in that quarter alone, which was one point shy of the most team points scored in a single quarter during the NBA playoffs.
Rose was able to find more time on the court after this quarter, as well as due to the injury to starting point guard Jeff Teague. He's actually been playing well for Minnesota, scoring 16 points or more in three of his four playoff games, but it doesn't look like he will be getting many more opportunities.
Teague will likely be back in the starting lineup when Game 5 takes place later this week on Wednesday at the Toyota Center in Houston. This means fewer opportunities on the court for Rose to make an impact before his time with the Timberwolves comes to an end, which very well could be after this game if the Rockets win, as a win for them would mean they clinch the series.
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