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Bulls right to take cautious approach with Rose: [Analysis] Chicago star still struggling with ankle sprains.
Rose trying to be smart with ankles: Bulls point guard taking time with recovery.
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose tweaked his injured ankles during Wednesday night’s 95-86 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in which he played 31 minutes.
Rose sat out the previous two games after spraining both his ankles during last Friday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but after returning to practice and warming-up with his team-mates, he felt ready to go in Milwaukee.
The 26-year-old returned with 13 points and seven assists in 31 minutes, but he conceded after the game that his ankles were “still sore” and that he tweaked the injuries in a second-quarter collision.
Nevertheless, he remains hopeful that he will be able to recover and play on Friday when the Bulls look to move to 5-1 for the season when they face the Philadelphia 76ers.
“Of course I wasn’t 100 percent tonight but I felt like we needed this win,” Rose said. “And just try to come out here and do anything it takes to get this win with my teammates.”
Rose insisted that it was his decision to play and although he appeared to improve as the game went on, it was visible that his lateral quickness wasn’t there at the start as his ankles prevented him from exploding.
However, Rose isn’t allowing himself to be affected by the on-going discussion over whether or not he will ever be able to stay injury free again or get back to his former self, and he insists that he is just focusing on playing well and helping his team-mates.
“I can’t pay no attention to it,” he said.
“It’s going to always be there. Even if I make it through the season healthy, my first playoff game is going to be like, ‘OK, this is a new journey. Is he going to be healthy through the playoffs?’ So it’s fine. Even if I play the whole year and I don’t get injured again, next year it’s going to be the same thing. So I can’t get mad at it; it’s just the way people think. Just people’s opinions about the situation.”
Meanwhile, Bulls center Joakim Noah missed his second straight game with flu-like symptoms but after joining up with his team-mates after the game, he will likely be in contention to play on Friday.