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Rose plays Monday, says injury long-term

Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:53 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 5:49 am
 
By Matt Moore

Update Monday 9:11 p.m.: Derrick Rose did in fact suit up for the Bulls Monday night against the Nets and was his usual dominant self, scoring 14 points and four assists in the first half. Before the game, Rose told the AP that he thought the turf toe injury could bother him for the rest of the season. Not optimal for the Bulls who need Rose as close to full strength as possible. Expect Rose to pepper the season with absences and to shut it down as soon as the Bulls lock up whatever playoff seed they're comfortable with. 

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Derrick Rose has missed several games this season due to a painful turf toe injury. There had been discussions of him missing further time, but it turns out the MVP is planning on making a return to the floor on Monday. 
As for Rose, he told teammates on Friday in Cleveland he planned to play and didn't. So the morning shootaround could determine if he can play on his sprained big left toe.
via Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose vows to return Monday, while Luol Deng may miss game - chicagotribune.com.

Rose recently said the injury is more painful than a similar injury in his second season, and there continues to be discussion of whether it is turf toe or a sprained toe, or both that is bothering Rose. It's also strange that Rose plans to play if the toe isn't 100 percent. The Bulls have been fine without Rose, tearing off three straight wins without the reigning MVP since a Monday loss in Memphis. C.J. Watson and John Lucas III have filled in admirably. 

But Rose's determination tends to get ahead of his self-preservation. The Bulls should remain cautious with Rose to make sure he's in top condition for the playoffs. The injury may take longer than Rose has to heal, but extra time off won't hurt. Don't be surprised if Rose winds up taking off another day, but for right now, he's planning on giving it a go.

Meanwhile, Luol Deng is likely to miss the game in Chicago Monday with a sprained wrist, Taj Gibson is out with a sprained ankle, and John Lucas III is a game-time decision with a groin injury. In short, the Bulls are banged up. Tom Thibodeau has a deep bench but has been known to play starters long minutes. Perhaps with as well as his team has played when missing its players and with the injuries racking up, he'll be more receptive to easing up on players' minutes to help them get healthy while still contributing. An MRI for Deng was held over the weekend. Results weren't available, but the Chicago Tribune reported Deng said after that he didn't think he'd miss significant time.
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Comments

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:25 pm
 

Rose plays Monday, says injury long-term

The NBA scheduling is causing this mess.  Wade, D-Rose, Paul, Horford...all of these players are getting hurt.  The coaches should beware and not grind these guys to a pulp.  Some of the players should sit out a game or two to stay fresh for the playoffs.  Hopefully the Bulls will get many wins and cruise into the playoffs giving Rose and others days off.




Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Rose plays Monday, says injury long-term

Sucks, but TG the rest of the team has really stepped up. I once hurt my toe really bad playing soccer, I still can't play. When I bend my big toe the pain is searing, I can imagine it must be wors for these guys who have to play.


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