Derrick Rose played in back-to-back games for the first time since the ill-fated night he tore his right meniscus last Nov. 22 in Portland, Ore.
That might've been his biggest accomplishment Sunday.
On a day when Team USA trailed Turkey at the half before rallying for a 98-77 victory, Rose struggled mightily in a preliminary-round game of the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Bilbao, Spain.
Rose committed two turnovers without an assist in the first half and sat in favor of starter Kyrie Irving for the entire third quarter. He didn't re-enter until after Team USA used a 17-1 run bridging the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters to finally take command of a game in which it trailed by five at halftime.
Rose missed all four shots, including three 3-pointers, and finished with two points in 16 minutes, 52 seconds.
"We didn't come ready to play in the first half," Chicagoan Anthony Davis told reporters afterward. "And we can't afford to do that if we want to win a gold medal."
Davis, the Pelicans forward, has been Team USA's best player this summer. But he too struggled early, rallying from foul trouble to score all 19 of his points in the second half. Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried scored a team-high 22 points.
Team USA is off on Monday before continuing its five-game pool-play schedule on Tuesday against New Zealand.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun