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VIDEO: Pistons’ Derrick Rose splits the Cavs defense in vintage fashion

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Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose continues to enjoy a “blast from the past” kind of season this year, routinely exhibiting his scoring and playmaking abilities and asserting himself as a candidate for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.

Rose knifed through the Cleveland Cavaliers defense on Thursday night, utilizing a modified Eurostep to split the defense and finishing past rookie guard Darius Garland.

It is probably redundant to say “the old D-Rose” at this point because the former MVP has been playing at a pretty elite level for some time now.

Rose’s comeback tour began in earnest last season as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he eventually earned a two-year deal with the Pistons this past summer for his performance.

Rose has reached new heights this year, averaging 17.5 points, 5.8 assists, and 2.2 rebounds ahead of Thursday’s game. Those numbers equate to per-36 averages of 25.2 points, 8.3 assists, and 3.2 boards, a line very much on par with the 31-year-old’s MVP season in 2011-12.

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