D-Rose set for MRI scan on Saturday to discover extent of injury.
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose suffered an injury to his right knee during the 98-85 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
The 25-year-old was taken to the locker room at the end of the third quarter and didn’t return to the game, before being seen leaving on crutches.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has insisted that they will know more on Saturday after Rose undergoes an MRI scan, and wouldn’t speculate on the seriousness of the injury.
“He has pain and he felt like he couldn’t push off his right knee,” Thibodeau said, according to ESPN.
“I’m concerned. Any time anyone goes down, you’re concerned,” he said. “But I don’t want to speculate until we get more information for you guys. We’ll have more [Saturday] for you guys.”
Rose tore the ACL in his left knee in April 2012, and initial concern will be eased considering that it is isn’t the same one which forced him to miss the entire season last year.
Nevertheless, team-mates Taj Gibson and Luol Deng were hopeful that it wasn’t anything serious, but emphasised the fact that the team must remain focused and look to bounce back from losing the first two games of their West Coat road trip.
Guard Jimmy Butler is also missing after suffering from turf toe, and with the injuries beginning to mount it will undoubtedly test Thibodeau’s coaching skills as he will be forced to field his secondary players.
Rose had been averaging 15.4 points per game so far this season, but after a slow start it had appeared he was getting his rhythm back with his points gradually increasing.
However, it remains to be seen how serious the latest injury is, with a potential spell on the sidelines awaiting him.