The Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves will play the second game of a three-game series this season on Friday, January 11th, 2019 at the Target Center. According to Clutch Points’ Ashish Mathur, Derrick Rose is slated to make his return to the Timberwolves lineup after missing the past six games with a sprain right ankle.
In the first meeting in Dallas, Rose would have a solid outing for the Timberwolves scoring 28 points, five rebounds, and five assists off the bench. Unfortunately, for Rose and the Timberwolves, they would fall to the Mavs 140-136. Dennis Smith Jr. would seal the game by hitting a jump against Rose in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.
This season Rose is averaging is averaging 18.9 points, 4.8 assists, and 2.8 rebounds according to BasketballReference.com. Earlier this season he dropped 50 points this past Halloween against the Utah Jazz and helped to lead his team to a 128-125 victory.
Someone that was keeping a close eye on the game was Dallas Maverick Guard Dennis Smith Jr.
“I was watching the game, and I saw the stats… I saw he had 13 in the first quarter and I’m yelling Rose is balling my boy is balling. The next time I had the opportunity look at the state line it said 27 points with seven minutes left in the third I was thinking to myself he’s back. For him to go out and have 50, you could see the emotion pouring out he has put in some much work… So many critics doubted him, but never counted himself out and stayed resilient, so you have to salute him,” Smith told me.
Various other NBA Veterans have weighed in on the type of season that Rose is having thus far. Mostly recently Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban also added his name to that list.
“He has been a machine. It is the all-time comeback season of comeback seasons except guys coming back straight up from injury. Shooting 45 or 44.7 percent or whatever it is ridiculous congrats to him,” Cuban told me.