Late in the second quarter of Chicago’s overtime loss to the Cavaliers on Friday, Derrick Rose came down awkwardly and appeared to roll his ankle, causing him to hobble away as play continued down to the other end of the floor.
Bulls fans have been traumatized by seeing their team’s best player go down with season-ending injuries on more than one occasion, so not surprisingly, there was an audible freak-out from the fans in attendance when witnessing Rose’s latest setback.
Rose came back and tried to play in the third, but was unable to use any of his signature explosiveness to get to the basket. He sat out the fourth quarter and overtime session, but was in good spirits afterward, as the injury wasn’t believed to be all that serious.
“Right now, I’m feeling good,’’ Rose said after the loss dropped the Bulls to 1-1. “My ankle is throbbing a little bit, but [I’m] just playing basketball.
“Go to Minnesota, try and give it a go [Saturday]. If not, we still have [79 games]. I guess it’s part of the process. I guess the gods are testing me. It’s fine. I’ll get through it.’’
Rose said X-rays were negative.
“I just sprained my ankle and had to sit out,’’ Rose said. “I’m walking around, so everyone can breathe. I hurt it in the first half, tried to give it a go in the second half, but it kind of limited me a little bit, shooting jump shots and wasn’t getting the bounce I wanted.’’
It remains to be seen how long Rose will be sidelined, if at all. But given his recent injury history, you can’t blame the fans in Chicago for their immediate visceral reaction.
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