Chicago Bulls all-star point guard Derrick Rose suffered an injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. However, Bulls fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as Rose said in a post-game interview that the injury (sprained ankle) isn’t all that serious.
“Don’t worry, it’s just an ankle sprain,” Rose explained to the media after the Bulls 114-108 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. “I guess it’s part of the process. Of course the gods are testing me right now, but it’s fine. I think I’ll be able to get through it.”
Rose said that he wasn’t sure how the initial left ankle sprain occurred, and he assured Bulls fans that he was going to try to play on Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“It’s basketball. It ain’t like I tore something, or tore a ligament or something. It’s just that I sprained my ankle and I had to sit out. It’s minor, and I’ll try to give it a go [Saturday].”
Rose scored 18 points in the first half against Cleveland on Friday night before spraining his ankle. Rose returned for the third quarter, but was ineffective as he scored just 2 points.
Rose left the Bulls’ bench midway through the fourth quarter and did not return. Rose finished the game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists in 25 minutes of action.
It was a relief to Rose’s teammates when they heard the injury was not severe, as they were expecting the worst due to Rose’s injury history over the past two seasons.
“We hope he’s okay,” Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich said. “We’re all going to say a prayer for him tonight. We have to bounce back tomorrow night.”
Rose shared the same approach as Hinrich.
“Right now I’m feeling good. Of course, my ankle is throbbing a little bit right now but it comes with just playing basketball, and I’m just happy it’s not that serious.”
Rose, who was the league’s most valuable player back in 2011, has played just 51 games since winning the award.
In the Bulls’ first two games of the 2014-2015 regular season, Derrick Rose is averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1 steal per game.
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