But since his return from a five-game break last month to deal with a back injury, Rose has produced the kind of numbers you’d expect from the reigning NBA MVP — and the Bulls have won eight straight.
Rose was at it again on Wednesday in Milwaukee, dropping 30 points and 11 assists and draining a fade-away jumper at the buzzer to lift Chicago to a 106-104 victory. At 33-8 the Bulls lead Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference standings by two games.
“It was like a kid, all the things that you dream about,” Rose said. “It felt good. You’re on the road, going against a team that’s giving you their all and you hit a nice shot like that.”
Here’s video of the shot that sparked “M-V-P!” chants around a pro-Bulls crowd at the Bradley Center...
“What a luxury to have, you don’t even need to run a play,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. “You can just bring it in, throw it to a guy and he can get whatever shot he wants.”
Chicago’s mettle will be tested in full over a nine-game homestand that kicks off tonight against Orlando and includes games against the Knicks and Heat.