It looked like Rose tired a bit late in his most extended preseason action as he and his team coughed up a big late lead against the Timberwolves, but for much of the game he looked pretty great.
27 points on 12-23 shooting (3-7 from three) in 31 and a half minutes. Pretty bizarrely had 0 FT attempts in the game, though as you can see the Minnesota defense wasn't exactly blanketing him enough to even foul. The floater looked especially good.
I think my confidence is still growing. The game is still slowing down to me. I'm just running the game a little bit better and not rushing myself when I'm out there. I've been preparing for every game and I've been preparing for this moment for a long time. So I'm just ready.
I feel like I'm in a good place. Just missing two years, coming back, being able to play again against all these great players, and really go up against them. I don't know if they would be able to do the same if they were in my shoes. But the situation happened with me and all I can do is try and be motivated by it and just try and move in the right direction every day. Stay positive.
"Beyond that," Rose said when asked if he feels pride in getting back to this level of play. "I'm in a great place mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.