Live from the UC: Welcome back, D-Rose

  • Derrick Rose vies for loose ball against the New York Knicks' Tim Hardaway Jr. on Thursday at the United Center.
Derrick Rose vies for loose ball against the New York Knicks' Tim Hardaway… (Scott Strazzante / Chicago…)
October 31, 2013|By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi | RedEye

THAT's what Chicago has been waiting for.

After 18 months recovering from a torn knee ligament, Rose was finally playing in Chicago in games that count Thursday. And in typical D-Rose fashion, he buried the winning bucket to lift the Bulls to an 82-81 victory over the N.Y. Knicks in their regular-season home opener. Most of the city is still catching its breath.

Though the numbers for Rose were modest--18 points, six rebounds, three assists—the magnitude of his impact was anything but. RedEye highlights what worked for the Bulls' superstar in his long-awaited return, rating each body part's performance on a scale of 0 to 5. 

Arms: Airballed his first 3-point try. Missed 16 of 23 shots in the game. Uh, not the accuracy he's looking for. Later: Knocked down back-to-back 3s early in the third quarter. Points for sticking with it.

Rating: 3

Knees: Swooped in for a rebound near the free-throw line. Later: Drove hard to the rim, drew two defenders and dropped it to Joakim Noah for the jam. Later: Accelerated through the lane, double-clutched and softly laid it in. Very impressive.

Rating: 5

Neck: Attempted one of his signature circuslike, switching hands reverse layups. It didn't go in, but you need a healthy neck to do that. Same goes for the hanging, hesitation layup he did make in the fourth quarter.

Rating: 3

Feet: Exploded through two Knicks defenders on a fast break to put Bulls up 12-7, then took a feed from Luol Deng on fast break to put them up 14-7.

Rating: 5

Eyes: First quarter: Bad pass led to a slam by Carmelo Anthony. Oops. Later: Ridiculous bounce pass from near half court led to an easy basket for Luol Deng. Much better. 

Rating: 3

Heart: 5.7 seconds left. Game on the line. Fades to the baseline. One-handed floater over two defenders. Boom. Bulls win. In the words of the UC crowd: "MVP! MVP! MVP!"

Rating: 5 

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