Derrick Rose just couldn’t catch a break. The former MVP has gotten another chance at NBA relevance with the Minnesota Timberwolves under his former coach with the Chicago Bulls in Tom Thibodeau, but he has yet to capitalize on the opportunity.
In the Timberwolves’ Thursday night encounter with the Denver Nuggets, Rose was dealt with another humiliation at the hands of a lesser known player in Torrey Craig. With less than 10 minutes to go in the second quarter, Rose was prepared to attack the rim in transition.
From his vantage point, Rose must have thought that he already has Nuggets swingman Will Barton on an island. As he made his way to the hoop, Rose’s shot got swatted away by the trailing Craig.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 6, 2018
The Nuggets won this matchup over the Timberwolves, 100-96. Rose played 15 minutes but only scored four points, failing to make an impact on any category. Karl-Anthony Towns paced Minnesota with 26 points and 13 rebounds while Jimmy Butler was a DNP after being activated prior to the game.
Denver got help from plenty of its players led by Nikola Jokic who almost had another triple-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists.
The Western Conference playoff race just got more heart-stomping after the game. Denver continues to prey on whoever among the New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves are going to blink first for them to snatch away a postseason slot.