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Derrick Rose didn't feel any rust, says the knee is not a worry

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Rose struggled in his first game back but not because of ailments. (USATSI)
Derrick Rose struggled in his first game back but not because of ailments. (USATSI)

Derrick Rose's debut looked great in the first couple minutes of the game before he and the Chicago Bulls fell back down to earth against the Miami Heat. After scoring a couple of baskets in the opening moments of Rose's first game back since the 2012 playoffs, Rose finished the game with 12 points and five turnovers with just four assists. He made 4-of-15 from the field including a 1-of-7 from behind the arc.

The Heat cruised past the first quarter, save for a late flurry in the second half in which the Bulls threatened to make it a game. Rose's struggles weren't because of rust or his knee not being 100 percent after taking 18 months to come back from a torn ACL. He told reporters that the knee was good and nothing to worry about, while his missed shots were due to... missing shots.

Rose was supposedly an improved 3-point shooter after making over 40 percent of those attempts during the preseason. However, his 1-of-7 performance delayed showing us this improved range in a regular season environment. Whether he is actually improved or not, we didn't see it right away, which is understandable when you consider the defense the Heat threw at him.

Considering his other eight attempts were in the restricted area, it doesn't seem like the leg was the problem at all. He got to the basket consistently and he took pretty decent shots all game long. It's difficult to say it was due to rust but perhaps the speed of playing against the Heat took some adjustment, especially when they adjusted to his early game exploits.

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