Derrick Rose will not play Thursday; absence likely to extend to next week

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Derrick Rose's hamstring strain, which he initially said was just cramping, is starting to appear more serious than first believed. 

According to head coach Tom Thibodeau, Rose will sit out his third consecutive game with the injury when the Bulls take on the Kings in a nationally-televised contest Thursday night. 

According to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, Rose claimed on Wednesday that the hamstring was feeling much better, and showed up early to the gym on Thursday to get some extra work in. 

Unfortunately, as has frequently been the case this season, he didn't feel quite well enough to declare himself active. Rose, who's also dealt with sprained ankles this season, has played in just five games. Thursday will be the seventh he'll sit out. 

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune later reported that Rose's absence is likely to extend to next week. 

The Bulls have managed to go 4-2 without him. 

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Nov 19, 1:43 PM

Surprise! Derrick Rose is questionable for Thursday

by Nov 19, 1:43 PM

At this point, preparing for a game without knowing the status of point guard Derrick Rose is probably just natural for the Chicago Bulls.

Ahead of their nationally televised showdown with the surprising Sacramento Kings on Thursday, the Bulls remain unclear on whether or not Rose will suit up. Rose is practicing on Wednesday, a positive sign, but remains questionable for Thursday's game. He said Wednesday he's feeling better, for whatever that's worth.

And so continues Rose's up-and-down start, which has to be as frustrating for him as it is for Bulls fans. Rose played twice, sat twice with ankle sprains, played once, sat twice with ankle sprains, played twice, and has now sat twice with a hamstring strain. The team is right to play it cautious considering Rose's history of knee injuries and the hamstring's relationship with the knees.

Besides, the Bulls have hardly missed him, odd though that may seem. He unquestionably makes them better, but the Bulls are 8-3 overall and 4-2 without Rose, owing in large part to other players stepping up in his stead.

"Any time you're shorthanded, you know your margin of error is smaller," head coach Tom Thibodeau said after the Rose-less Bulls shocked the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. "But I have great belief in the team. I think the team has great belief in itself. We have the belief that if we do the right things the results will take care of themselves. 

"So when somebody's out, the next guy steps in and does the job. Get the job done." 

Stepping up at the point have been Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks, but it's been the scoring load taken on by Jimmy Butler that's been most impressive. Butler's averaged a career-best 21.3 points through nine games, a rate that's jumped to 24.7 in games Rose sat.

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Nov 17, 2:39 PM

Derrick Rose out Monday against Clippers

by Nov 17, 2:39 PM

The Chicago Bulls will once again be without Derrick Rose on Monday night when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers.

Rose has been ruled out for the second consecutive game due to a strained left hamstring. He suffered what he thought was just cramping on Thursday against the Toronto Raptors, missing the final 1:53 of that game and Saturday's game against Indiana as a result.

And so continues Rose's up-and-down start to the season, in which he's played twice, sat twice, played once, sat twice, played twice and now sat twice. While head coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose was doing a bit better Monday, there's little reason for the team to push his return so early in the year, frustrating though it may be. For now, he's considered day-to-day.

Monday marks the first game on a seven-game road trip for the Bulls, but they have two days off after Monday for Rose to rest up. That's followed by a Thursday-Friday back-to-back and then another two days off, so there's ample opportunity for Rose to rest this week.

Kirk Hinrich will likely continue to start at point guard in Rose's stead, with Aaron Brooks seeing a resultant increase in minutes off the bench. Hinrich has been his regular, steady self to start the year, while Brooks is scoring in bunches in a reserve role.

Bulls PGsRoseHinrichBrooks
Games51010
MPG28.027.819.2
PPG18.08.910.7
APG5.43.33.6
PER21.18.417.5

There's never a good game to lose your star point guard, but Monday could be especially difficult as the Bulls go up against Chris Paul.

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Nov 15, 12:33 PM

Rose sits out vs. Pacers

by Nov 15, 12:33 PM

Continuing a season-long trend, the Chicago Bulls will rest Derrick Rose for a game against a beatable Eastern Conference opponent.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau says that despite feeling better, Rose will sit out the Bulls' Saturday night contest against the Indiana Pacers after the star point guard's latest injury, a mild hamstring strain suffered against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.

"It's day to day," Thibodeau said. "He needs a little time. It's not anything (major). We just got to be patient. It's going to work out. He'll be fine." 

Rose has taken some serious heat lately for comments he made about sitting out in the interests of protecting his long-term, post-basketball future. It's led fans and talking heads to question Rose's commitment to the Bulls and to professional basketball as a whole.

But Rose and the Bulls have been selective about the games he does and doesn't play. Of the seven games the Bulls have played since Rose's first injuries of the season - two sprained ankles on Oct. 31 - Rose has sat out four, and each matchup was against teams below .500, with a combined record of 9-26.

In other words, the games Rose has sat out are games he can afford to sit out, unlike recent outings against the surprisingly frisky Milwaukee Bucks (4-5) and co-conference-leading Raptors (7-2), both of which Rose helped his team win.

The Pacers come into Saturday's game in Chicago with a 3-7 record and a threadbare roster crippled by injury. It makes sense for Rose to rest before the Bulls head out for a brutal seven-game road trip out west, starting with a clash against the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday.

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Nov 14, 3:29 PM

Bulls' Rose day-to-day with mild hamstring strain

by Nov 14, 3:29 PM

While it would be difficult to call Derrick Rose lucky as far as injuries go considering how he's spent the last three years, he appears to have avoided catastrophe for the second time already this season.

In just his second game back from a pair of sprained ankles on Thursday, Rose came up lame late in the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors. He missed the game's final 1:53 as the Bulls closed out the nationally broadcast victory without him, leading to ample concern about his status moving forward.

Rose downplayed the severity after the game, calling the injury akin to cramping in his left hamstring.

The team revealed Friday that Rose has a mild hamstring strain and is considered day-to-day. In a pair of positive signs, he was on the treadmill and stationary bike as his teammates practiced, and he didn't need an MRI.

The Bulls play on Saturday against Indiana and are then off until Monday, the first game of a seven-game road trip. As was the case with his ankle injuries, his status probably won't be known until close to gametime.

In the five games he's played this year, Rose has looked his old self; being quick to the hoop, creative with the ball and averaging 18 points and 5.4 assists in just 28 minutes. Should he need another night off, Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich have proven a capable duo filling in, with Hinrich likely to draw the start and Brooks tasked with carrying the second-unit scoring load.

Nov 14, 8:42 AM

Bulls' Rose calls hamstring injury 'just cramps,' hopes to avoid MRI

by Nov 14, 8:42 AM

The Chicago Bulls hung on to a seven-point lead in the final 1:53 of play against the Toronto Raptors on national television on Thursday, and they did it without Derrick Rose.

That could have been a positive lead story for Bulls fans to focus on Friday, especially now that their Bulls sit tied atop the Eastern Conference. Instead, attention is once again on the health of Rose, who missed the game's final minutes after injuring his hamstring.

Rose downplayed the severity of the injury after the game, suggesting he's hopeful he won't even need an MRI, which was expected on Friday. Rose said he'll ice the hamstring and undergo muscle stimulation treatments to see if that alleviates any residual issue.

"I guess it's cramps in my hamstrings," Rose said. "But I think it's minor, and they decided to pull me out ... It feels like just cramps. I sat out, we got a good team, we had the game, we were up by 10 by then, so I was fortunate."

It would behoove Bulls fans to heed the words of Rose's teammate Joakim Noah, who suggested that people need to relax in regards to how Rose has handled his return from minor injuries so far this year.

"Everybody needs to chill the fuck out ... he doesn't say that he's down, but I don't like it when, like, people portray him and judge him. ‘Cause it's not fair to him. It's not," Noah said.

Rose indicated that he may even be able to practice on Friday, so this really doesn't seem more than a minor setback for him.

Before hitting the sideline, Rose had scored 20 points with four assists. Thought he shot just 5-of-14 and had five turnovers, he generally gave the Raptors' defense fits, carving into the interior and creating chaos that led to baskets beyond just his initial pass. On the season, he's averaging 18 points and 5.4 assists in five games, and the Bulls have been 18.7 points per-100 possessions better with him on the floor than without.

Chicago next plays on Saturday, at home against Indiana. If Rose can't suit up in that one, he'll take aim at Monday's visit against the Los Angeles Clippers, the start of a seven-game road trip.

Nov 13, 11:34 PM

Bulls' Rose on hamstring injury: 'I don't think it's that serious'

by Nov 13, 11:34 PM

Derrick Rose took a very optimistic stance on his latest setback after leaving Thursday's game against the Toronto Raptors with a hamstring injury, calling it cramping.

"I don't think it's that serious," Rose told reporters following the game, refusing to rule out practicing on Friday. He will likely have an MRI to determine the nature and severity of the injury before the Chicago Bulls allow him back on the court.

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Nov 13, 11:14 PM

Bulls' Derrick Rose leaves game with left hamstring injury, likely to undergo MRI

by Nov 13, 11:14 PM

Derrick Rose can't seem to stay on the court. 

The oft-injured Chicago Bulls point guard left Thursday's game against the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter after tweaking his left hamstring, according to TNT's Rachel Nichols

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters that Rose would be evaluated in Toronto and will likely undergo an MRI on Friday. 

Rose left the game late in the contest after slipping while driving to the basket.

He stayed on the sidelines but didn't re-enter. 

The Bulls dropped the Raptors, 100-93.