Joakim Noah believes Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is starting to find his best form at the right time, with less than a week to go until the start of the play-offs.
Rose has struggled with numerous injuries to both knees in recent years and it appeared at one stage as if he would be unable to make a return this season.
However, the former NBA MVP managed 22 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals and no turnovers in just 28 minutes in Chicago’s win over Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, in his first home game since February 23.
The victory over the 76ers was Rose’s third since returning from surgery on his right knee and it was by far and away his best performance in those three games, and Noah is delighted the 26-year-old seems to be getting back to his best ahead of the post-season party.
“I just like him on the court,” Noah is quoted as saying by ESPN. “When you see Derrick moving like that, it’s definitely a plus for this team. To see him come back after three games and play at that level, it’s big.”
The Bulls are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference and have already secured a place in the play-offs, with just two spots remaining.
The fight out west to be involved in the play-offs is now a straight contest between two teams as seven have already qualified, with New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder battling for the final spot.