Chicago Bulls fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Derrick Rose, their injury-prone superstar, won’t be missing a bunch of games as the 7-2 Bulls look to build off of their three-game winning streak.
Rose left the game midway through the fourth quarter Monday during the Bulls’ 96-95 win over the Indiana Pacers. Rose, in the middle of one of his best games this season, rolled his ankle while trying to avoid going out of bounds. The point guard had 23 points and 6 assists before limping off the floor.
Slow motion replays showed that Rose rolled his ankle and got his steps crossed. After the game, Rose called the injury “just a regular ankle sprain.”
Rose delivered good news to his scores of fans. “All of it’s positive. For what I went through and all I’ve been through, just me playing and feeling all right after the game. Of course, my ankle’s a little bit sore, but I’m just happy nothing’s tore or broken. So I’ll be all right.”
When asked if he would be fit for Wednesday’s game against Phoenix, Rose simply said, “Who knows? Right now, I’m able to walk on it. That’s a good thing.”
“It (the ankle) throbs a little bit but nothing out of the norm, so I’m all right. Right now I just need to get treatment, have some ice on it a little bit. After this, just get off my feet and elevate it and put some more ice on it,” added Rose.
Fred Hoiberg, the first-year Bulls coach, said: “He was limping around in the locker room. We don’t know how severe it is. We will find out more tonight.”
Hoiberg sounded worried after the game. But Rose appears confident enough.