"If you doubt his quickness, or you doubt his ball-handling ability, you just saw it right there." Truer words were never spoken, Hubie Brown. Yikes-a-daisies.
Hiccup-quick crossovers and eventual detonations weren't all Derrick Rose did right in the first half of Game 3 of his Chicago Bulls' Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. After appearing a step slow due to his nagging left ankle sprain in Games 1 and 2, Rose looked none the worse for wear in the first two periods at Philips Arena, scoring 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting, notching three assists with no turnovers, and generally dominating in a manner befitting the league's Most Valuable Player.
Fresh off a fawning piece by some jerk, Hawks point guard Jeff Teague got off to a fast start as well, hitting his first five shots and finishing the half with a team-leading 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, one assist and one turnover.
Poor shooting by Teague's mates (the other Hawks were a combined 12-for-31 from the field) and hot shooting by Rose (the other Bulls were just a tick under 50 percent at 14-for-30) helped tell the tale, as Chicago took a 56-43 lead into halftime.
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