Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose injured his right ankle in the 2nd quarter of Sunday afternoon’s game against the New York Knicks and is a game-time call for the rematch. Basketball spreads
Rose was wearing a walking boot early Monday but later was seen free of it. He got treatment on the ankle, but he revealed there’s however some swelling and discomfort. “All knows that when you go out and play you usually run the chance of something happening,” Bulls executive Vice President John Paxson said. “It’s just unfortunate because he’d been out for the 12 games and came back. But there’s little you can do to guard against ankle sprains and things like that. Guys tape up and go. We’re not assured what that means for (Tuesday night). He’s obviously sore and that kind of thing and we obviously are not going to risk anything with him.”
Rose scored twenty-nine points and had 8 turnovers in Sunday’s loss to the Knicks, missing what would’ve been winning shots at the buzzer in regulation and overtime In addition to 2 free throws with 18 seconds left and the Bulls leading by 3.
The ascendant MVP had missed the prior 12 games because of a groin injury. Basketball lines
“(He was) about what we expected,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said after Sunday’s game. “Some good, some bad. Handling the ball was an issue. But our whole team … We didn’t take care of the ball so we put them in the open floor.”
Rose asserted he felt fine after the game and was just trying to get his wind back on the floor.
“I felt great,” he claimed. “When I was out there (was) just getting my groove back. My wind was OK; just playing. It just felt great to be out there.”
After missing just 1 game last season, Rose has missed 22 games because of toe, back and groin wounds this year.
Paxson pointed towards the lockout-shortened season as playing a big factor in Rose’s injuries.
Rose dealt with an ankle injury during last year’s playoffs, but didn’t miss any games because of it. He is averaging 23 points and 7.9 assists this season.
The Bulls backcourt has been a revolving door all season with injuries to Rose and Richard Hamilton, who has played in just 19 games because of groin and shoulder injuries. Hamilton has played the past three games after his latest absence, a 14-game stint on the bench with a shoulder injury.
“The reality of the situation is we are still in good shape for the playoffs in terms of our seeding, but I think my biggest concern and I believe [General Manager] Gar’s [Forman] largest worry is we’ve been hoping to get some continuity going into the playoffs, getting our line-up back untouched and trying to find a way to start playing well leading into the playoffs and playing our best basketball heading in,” Paxson said. “But it’s very difficult when you have injuries and your rotations aren’t arranged.”