Timberwolves’ Jeff Teague explains why Derrick Rose is playing so well
In 29 minutes off the bench, Rose scored a game-high 25 points while shooting 11-of-17 from the field and 2-of-2 from beyond the arc. The former MVP entered the game averaging 19.0 points and 4.7 assists while shooting 47.0 percent from the floor and 45.9 percent from the 3-point line.
Rose backs up Jeff Teague at the point guard spot for the Timberwolves. Teague, who finished with 15 points and nine assists against the Nets, explained to reporters postgame why he thinks Rose is playing so well this season.
Jeff Teague on Derrick Rose: "He’s got a nice groove and I think everything off the court with him is just like — peace. I see him at peace all the time. When you’re injury-free and have peace, I think good things happen."
— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) November 23, 2018
This past summer was the first offseason in a long time that Derrick Rose didn’t have to rehab an injury. The 30-year-old Chicago native was able to work on his game, particularly his 3-point shot, and the early returns have been very positive.
Now that Jimmy Butler is gone, the Timberwolves are going to need Rose to be a microwave scorer for them off the bench. Minnesota is not a good half-court team that often struggles to score the ball when playing at a slow pace. When Rose enters the game, the pace picks up and baskets are easier to come by because he doesn’t let the opposing defense get set.
The Timberwolves, who are now 8-11 on the season, host the Chicago Bulls Saturday night. It will be the third time Derrick Rose will go up against his former team.