Point guard not expected to miss any playing time.
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose suffered a “minor” hamstring injury during the win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.
The 25-year-old is understood to have picked up the strain during the fourth quarter of the 96-81 win over their Eastern Conference rivals, and is set to be re-evaluated on Tuesday to assess the extent of the issue.
While Rose couldn’t remember when the injury was sustained, the Bulls were forced to call a time-out in order to withdraw him from the game as he looked to be slightly struggling with his movement.
“It’s just a minor sprain,” Rose said after the game according to ESPN. “Nothing serious. Hopefully I’ll be better in a couple of days, but it’s nothing big at all.”
Having spent 18 months on the sidelines after suffering a torn ACL, Rose admitted that the injury was irritating, but coach Tom Thibodeau was remaining rather more cautious.
The point guard is expected to undergo further tests on Tuesday but is initially not thought to be at risk of missing the game with the Toronto Raptors on Friday, with Thibodeau also insisting that it appears as though it is only a minor tweak.
Meanwhile, team-mate Carlos Boozer was disappointed about the injury considering how hard Rose has worked to get back into shape but is hopeful that it doesn’t turn out to be any more serious than the initial diagnosis.
Following their win, the Bulls moved to 3-3 for the season after making a slow start and will now be hopeful of putting together a winning streak to climb further up the Eastern Conference standings.
Rose played 34 minutes on Monday night, putting up 16 points, seven assists and three rebounds with Boozer scoring a game-high 17 points.