Rose sprained both his ankles in loss to Cleveland earlier this week…
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose sat out Saturday’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he insisted that he isn’t concerned by his sprained ankles.
The 26-year-old sprained both ankles during Friday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and despite warming up with his team-mates before the game against the Timberwolves and being listed as a starter, he was scratched just minutes before tip-off.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed that Rose had also tweaked his right ankle in Friday’s game, but it is his left ankle which caused more concern and that ultimately forced him to miss out in Minnesota.
“It felt all right,” Rose said.
“If it was a real need for me to play I think I could have played. But [I’m] just trying to be smart, trying to give it an extra day and thank God that we came out with the win. I believe in my teammates, believe in the team — we made the game hard tonight but we ended up coming out with a victory.”
The Bulls secured a 106-105 win with Jimmy Butler hitting two clutch free-throws at the end of regulation to end the game with a team-high 24 points on his return from a thumb injury.
However, the concern remained over Rose as he conceded that he couldn’t “explode” off his ankle and so he felt it was the right decision to sit out, with the game on Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic expected to be his next run out.
While Thibodeau was keen to praise Rose’s work ethic and insist that he is confident the former MVP will get back to his best, he conceded that he is aware that it will take some time before his body is fully accustomed to practicising and playing in such short turnarounds.
Rose played in just 10 games over the past two seasons, but after playing in the FIBA World Cup this past summer and impressing in pre-season and his first two games so far this year, it looks as though the Bulls point guard is on track to get back to his former level of play.